Whatcha Drinking This Weekend?: Spring Forward Edition

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll have one less hour to enjoy delicious craft beers and artisinal spirits this weekend.  That’s right – it’s time to “spring ahead” and change your clocks from 2am to 3am in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

I usually don’t mind this, as I’d trade an hour of sleep one night for several hundred additional hours of daylight stretching from March through November.  Plus I hate winter (even the non-winter we’re having out east), and this is a clear sign that brighter days lay ahead. Woot!

I’m not sure what I’ll be marking the occasion with, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be whiskey.  I got into the Knob Creek a little bit last Saturday night (and I mean just a little bit) and spent the first half of Sunday sweating in odd places.  I won’t be doing THAT again!  

Instead, I think I’ll stick to more gentle beers, and enjoy a couple of pale ales and pilsners. Ooh, and I just remembered that I have a bomber of Old Schoolhouse Imperial IPA on hand – I loved it the first time, so now we’ll see if it can live up to it’s own mythic status in my mind.  The fact that I’m fickle probably isn’t working in its favor.

What about you?  Any grand plans for beer, whiskey or food this weekend?  Are you going to take it easy, or will you be wide away when the clock skips ahead?

As always, let us know below!




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41 Comments on “Whatcha Drinking This Weekend?: Spring Forward Edition”

  1. March 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    My Black IPA, AKA Big Black Bitter, is calling my name. I also have a Odell Saboteur set aside to celebrate a friend’s pregnancy announcement (for the dad anyway). I’ll serve him the Saboteur or possibly a Canitllon Lou Pepe I’ve been saving.

    • March 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Ha ha – nothing like drinking a good beer in front of a woman who can’t have one – my wife would probably kill me! A black IPA is a good idea – maybe I’ll pick up a Back in Black if it’s in stock at my local – I’ve been in the mood for that one.

      • March 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

        I don’t think she likes beer anyway. My wife has declared that if we have another kid, I will have to go dry for the entire pregnancy. If we become preggers, I’ll throw a party and drink through my stash.

        • March 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

          Wow, that would be rough. Hopefully your wife is a fast gestator!

          C’mon honey, hurry up! Let’s shave a month off so the baby’s out by GABF!

        • March 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

          Honestly, it would do me some good to take a step back and it would be an ideal reason to take a break and cellar some great beers for the birthing blowout.

  2. March 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    my favorite day of the year! I don’t mind losing an hour of sleep, it’s more daylight that i’m stoked about.

    • March 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      I agree 100% – love DST! I think it should be the norm, and we do double-DST in the summer!

  3. March 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I’ll be at the Boulder Strong Ale Festival at Avery, but I have no idea what’s on the list! We only see what’s on tap when they hand you the list as you enter. It’s extremely stressful to allocate your 16 samples wisely to ensure that you’re not leaving out something special. I’m sure I’ll manage somehow. 😉

    Sunday night I will probably still be in recovery mode.

    • March 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      The good news is you probably won’t remember much past 12. 🙂

      • March 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

        Very true. Hotel room and taxi fare are essential.

    • March 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Lucky dog! It was either this or the Firkin Rendezvous down in the Springs for us, FR won out because we had friends going there as well. Enjoy!

      I’ll probably be drinking the stragglers left in my fridge while I bottle my IPA this weekend. A couple bottles of Avery’s New World Porter (which was much better in the firkin than in the bottle), a can of Wynkoop’s B3K, some Alaskan IPA, some Compass IPA from Bristol, and I might even have can of Deviant Dales left somewhere in the back.

      • March 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

        Firkin Rendezvous looks awesome. I’ll have to look out for that next time!

        • March 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

          I once saw a movie called Merkin Rendezvous, but it wasn’t about beer.

  4. March 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    I’m going to pop the Bell’s Hopslam I brought back to Cali from Arizona. I brought back a mix of 8 beers I can’t get out here and I’ve had a few already. Last night I had Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro and it is amazing how they got nitrogen to work in a bottle without a widget. I have a Modus Hoperandi and a few others.

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

      I still haven’t gotten my mitts on the nitro Milk Stout, just the regular one, which in alright, i guess.


  5. March 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    Hmmm…lets see how ’bout:
    EDT–Heavy Seas Black Cannon,
    CDT–Goose Island’s Honker Ale,
    MDT–Breckinridge’s Vanilla Porter,
    PDT–Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye, and
    H-ADT–Maui’s Bikini Blonde Lager?

    I could actually do this with what’s in my beer fridge right now. I’d be feeling no pain by the time the clock moved further west dontcha think?

    • March 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

      I want to come over to your house.

      • March 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

        I’ll meetcha halfway at the local pub–I’ll buy the first round.

        • March 10, 2012 at 10:31 am #

          Closest pub for me is Russian River Brewing (Mt Saint Helena Brewing doesn’t count).

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      In my head, you fridge is shaped like the United States…

      • March 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

        Nah, but that’s an interesting concept. Maybe some enterprising distributor or retailer could do something with that idea. Imagine the floor of an indoor brewfest laid out like the US w/ location-appropriate beers filling in the state boundaries–VT and DE would each have to have an annex though!

        • March 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

          My favorite beer store used to be laid out by geography. It was really cool and highly educational to see all the beers from each state grouped together.

  6. John King
    March 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I’ll be heading here in a few hours… http://potablecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2012/03/founders-invades-gravity-head-on-friday.html

    I bet most of the good stuff will be gone though…I heart Founders.

    • March 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

      I’d love to try Founders, but they seem to be allergic to Colorado. Have fun!

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      I heart them as well. I really enjoyed Better Half, even if it’s a bit hyped (can’t blame Founders for that – that’s their job!).

  7. Mathew
    March 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I’ll be enjoying some Deviant Dale’s from Oskar Blues, Silver medal winner at the 2011 GABF for IPA. Its a bit expensive for a 4 pack of 16 ounce cans. But when my REAL weekend comes along, Tuesday and Wednesday. Ill head up to Stranahan’s for a tour of the distillery!

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

      I was at a beer festival this past weekend (the one I bitched about over at Today) and asked a volunteer over at the OB table if they might be pouring some Deviant Dales at some point. She looked panicked, because she had no idea what I was asking, like when you ask someone you didn’t realize is a foreign tourist for directions.

      Anyway, i didn’t get any Dviant Dales and went on to write a snarky piece that pissed everyone off.

      Good story, huh?

      Enjoy Stranahans – Don and I were fools for not taking that tour when we were in Denver.

      • March 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

        Nah, you didn’t piss everyone off–you’ve just gotten used to all the courteous folks on this blog. The response you got was much more in line with the kind of hate mail one so often sees elsewhere on the Web–its a real jungle out there!

        Just chalk it up to experience and remember that the more controversy your Today posts generate, the more likely it is that they’ll continue to pay you to do what you do for fun here.

        • March 9, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

          Yeah, I’m makin’ the big bucks!*

          It’s just weird to run across folks who simply don’t get it. That’s new on me. Still, i think it’s okay to break a few eggs as long as the omelets are mostly tasty.

          * Compared to a FoxConn worker.

  8. ScottG
    March 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    NOVA recently made it onto Great Lakes distribution route. I’ll be trying either the Burning River or Elliot Ness (the two of their four arrivals I haven’t yet tried). Should be a good weekend.

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      I thought Detroit has had a burning river for years…. 🙂

  9. March 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Schlafly is having their Stout and Oyster festival, and I might go. It’s very much up in the air, though, because it gets packed.

    • March 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Wow, I hope they have enough space for everyone in the vomitorium. Stouts and oysters – what could possibly go wrong?!

      • March 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

        Heh… they’re trustworthy oysters, as far as I know. But it’s awfully packed in there at those events.

    • March 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Will they have an Oyster Stout there? I’ve always wanted to try one.

  10. Mark S.
    March 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I think I’m finally over my winter-long bourbon-barrel-aged stout/porter obsession, so I think I might chill this weekend. The Victory Dark Intrigue I had last night was the last one I had in stock from my Christmas-time spending spree, and it truly felt like too much (too boozy, too strong, etc.).

    Down the road this spring, I might try to gently reset my tastebuds with some mild IPA’s, Pale Ales and Ambers or Reds.

    • March 9, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

      That’s how I feel about Mad Elf right now. It went from holiday nectar to sugary poison. Definitely ready for something crisp.

  11. Michael
    March 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    Sharing my last bottle of Infinium with friends.

  12. March 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Last night I drank swill at a bonfire in the woods.

    Today I’m going to get something good though. Will have to swing the local store to have a peek at what’s there. I’m thinking some Central City Red Racer IPA or maybe ESB.

    • March 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Sometimes swill tastes good, like at campfires in the woods. Good times, good times.

      Of course Dales or White Rascal tastes better…

      • March 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

        Neither of those are available in BC, sadly. I finished work after the bottle shops closed so I had to mooch off others. Even swill is better than no beer!

        I did try some Dale’s when I was down in Washington a couple of weeks ago, after all the praise they get on here. The Pale Ale was very tasty and would probably be in the top 5 beers I’ve had from a can.

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