De-Lurk Yourself: Annual Call Out To The Lurkers

Once every year or so we do this here at Beer and Whiskey Brothers.  We know you are out there, our stats don’t lie.  Only a small fraction of you ever comment on our postings.  How do we know?  Wordpress tells us how many comments we get, and how many views we get.  Subtract one from the other, do a little mathematical prestidigitation and BAM! We know that only about 2 % of our readers ever leave a comment.

I don’t want you to feel bad that you are a lurker…obviously this blog wouldn’t survive without you, but this is a selfish thing that Jim and I do every year to get more people to join in on the party part of the blog.  The posts are fun, and I know lots read them, but the comments give Jim and I much more satisfaction, as we get to know more about our audience, and that interaction makes this blog more than just a place to read some funny posts, but it begins to build a community of people that truly enjoy craft beer, whiskey, and each other.  Yes, people have even met up through the comments on this site, and that makes Jim and I very proud to have been a part of fostering friendships.  It make this blog more meaningful for us and hopefully for those who participate as well.

So, here’s the deal Lurkers, We want to know a little bit about you.  Answer a few questions in your comments.

1) How long have you been a lurker on this blog?

2)Are you more of a beer person, or a whiskey person, or do you (like us) love them both?

3)What is your favorite beer or whiskey currently? ( I say currently, because we know these change from time to time).

4)If you could have a drink with any one person, who would that be? (Living or Dead)

5) What was your favorite childhood toy?

That’s it.  Easy Peasy, and it won’t hurt a bit, I promise.  Jim and I try to respond to most every comment here, so check back often, and lets get this relationship started!

C’mon, you know you want to…afterall you’ve never heard of a famous lurker.


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101 Comments on “De-Lurk Yourself: Annual Call Out To The Lurkers”

  1. August 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Can non lurkers answer the questions?


    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Of course! The more the merrier.

  2. August 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Dum, dum, dum dum…dum, dum dum, dum…

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      Oh Wayne, you make it sound scary. Jim and I are about as scary as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

      • August 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        The music was meant to accompany the lurkers not you…after all the shark in Jaws was a;ways lurking waiting to take a bite. BTW: I would love to have a beer w/ my two grandfathers–neither of whom I ever had the opportunity to meet–and my earliest known US ancestor, Thomas Mulliner of Totokett/Branford, CT, who was bad-ass, hard-drinking C. of E., amidst a sea of Puritans.

  3. August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Yay! I LOVE De-Lurking Day!!

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      I knew you would Bro!

  4. Wendi
    August 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Been lurking since the start, although I do post every once and a while.
    I prefer beer, although bourbon can entice me
    Current favorite beer? I’ll try anything and like lots of different types of tastes. I wish I had more time to dedicate to the search for a favorite!
    I’d love to sit down and have a beer with Julia Child.
    Favorite toy? My pogo stick and roller skates!

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

      Those were your favorite toys, because they were the only ones I couldn’t ever master. For those of you who don’t know Wendi is My and Jim’s sister. I’d say your current favorite beer is New Glarus Spotted Cow, we couldn’t keep the fridge stocked with that stuff if you and Stacy were in the house! Julia Child would be really cool, but that woman could pack it away. I recently heard a story about her (for her 100th birthday) where she had gone to visit a french chef down in New Orleans and she ate three full four course dinners while with him, and polished off about 4 or 5 bottles of wine with the group of three of them. She was up bright and early the next day to do a cooking segment on a local morning show. You would never know she only had a couple hours sleep and had basically been smashed only hours before.

      • August 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

        I never could master roller skates either–though I was a terror on ice skates.

      • August 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

        If she was looking for a toy you couldn’t master, how about the Atari? You fumbled with the controller like an ape trying to needlepoint for about two minutes before you swore it off forever…

        • Don
          August 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

          Yeah, she sucked at atari. Once I started losing to my 5 year old brother was when I swore it off for good!

  5. Jonathon Seaborn
    August 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    1. About one year
    2. Both, but more on the beer side
    3. Boneyard RPM (IPA)
    4. John Wayne, Jesus & Nietzsche at the same time
    5. BMX bike

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

      Well Johnathon, I can tell you are a man of few words, so this must have been a stretch for you and we appreciate it. I’m intrigued by Boneyard RPM. Who makes it, and where are they located? I was around before the BMX craze hit. I had a schwinn 5 speed on the bar with a banana seat. It was cool!

      • Jonathon
        August 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

        Haha, no I am just at work 🙂 Boneyard is the name of the brewery (Bend Oregon.)
        Nice, so you were on OG hipster? (I know you guys love them.)


        • Jonathon
          August 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #


        • Don
          August 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

          Not sure what the OG means, maybe Old Guard? If so, yes. Although I was a hipster before being a hipster was cool…come to think of it, it was never cool. But my bike was bad ass! Also glad to hear that Boneyard is in Bend. I will look for them locally, and seek them out next time I head that way. Thanks

  6. Claire
    August 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    My name is Claire and I’m a lurker… I have only been a lurker for a little while and I drink mainly beer (real ales and Belgium beers specifically) – I like Corsendonk Blond and Duchesse de Bourgogne, and I’d love to share a glass or two with Stephen Fry.

    My favourite childhood toy was a toy dog called Dusty – he now lives in my loft

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

      Well Claire, welcome. Jim got his start into craft beer through the Belgian doorway as well. I have to agree that the Duchesse de Bourgogne is a fabulous beer, and one that just recently appeared here in Idaho. Very happy about that. Oh, and it is really cool that you still have Dusty.

  7. August 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I’ve been lurking for the two hours since I last commented

    I’m a beer person with a whiskey affliction

    My go-to beer is Modus Hopperandi, and I’m currently in love with Peach Street Distiller’s Bourbon

    I would have liked to had a drink with Hunter Thompson

    Major Matt Mason and his moonbase were the coolest toys I ever had (along with the ‘clackers’ that I used to destroy the base a few years later)

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      Clackers were cool until you used them in direct sunlight and they exploded with shards of glass shrapnel flying all over the place. For some reason the Hunter Thompson thing really doesn’t surprise me. 😉

  8. Alex Bernardo
    August 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I have been lurking for a year now.

    I love beer and bourbon equally.

    I will drink anything put out by Schlafly’s and Buffalo Trace is my bourbon of choice.

    I would love to have had a beer with St. Paul.

    Anything Lego when I was a kid…those things are still cool.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Yeah, you’re fortunate Alex, they have a whole Disneyesque land for your favorite toy (I speak of Legoland). Sadly Schlafly’s doesn’t send product west, just east, so being in Idaho I’m SOL, but Jim loves them! Buffalo Trace is a good flagship bourbon, and that particular distillery makes some of my favorites like Old Wellar Antique! Glad you spoke up. Hope to hear from you again real soon.

  9. August 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    – I’ve been lurking for somewhere between 6 months to a year. Though, I have posted a few times…
    – I’m a beer guy, through and through. I don’t enjoy whiskey at all.
    – Tough to decide on my favorite beer at the moment… But I’ll say that the most enjoyable beer I’ve had lately was Pretty Things – Meadowlark IPA. You really can’t go wrong with a good IPA in my eyes…
    – I’d love to have a beer with Teddy Roosevelt. Guy was a badass. Though, he’d probably be more of a whiskey drinker so maybe he’d inspire me to man up and drink the stuff.
    – Favorite toy when I was a kid had to be my various LEGO sets.

    I’ll try not to be too much of a lurker in the future!

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

      Sounds great Mike, great to have you aboard! You have pointed out a failing of mine. Whiskey posts. The only way to convert people to whiskey is to get the conversation started. I have a ton of posts I can do, so I need to get started! Thanks. And come back often.

  10. Sara
    August 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I have been lurking for a few months now. Honestly, I do not even recall how I came across the blog.
    I love beer!!! Craft beer, that is, and ONLY craft beer. You won’t catch big brewer beer in my hands and if you do, I give you permission to slap me senseless. Unfortunately, just the smell of whiskey turns my guts. Sorry Don!
    Favorite beer? Just one? Well, right now one of them is Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee. However, I heard through the grapevine Founder’s Breakfast Stout will be debuting in a few local stores the first week of September and I am overly excited to try it! I pretty much like my beer how I like my coffee – strong and dark. That’s it, no joke needed 😉
    I would cherish a drink (or many!) with Chef Gordon Ramsay. I adore him as a chef and an individual who has no reservations speaking his mind. I would have him teach me how to make pumpkin risotto to accompany my pumpkin beer.
    As a child, I had a very close relationship with my talking Pee-Wee Herman doll. Ya know, the one with the pull string on his back?

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      Holy Cow Sara, I’m not sure I have time to respond to all you have given me here, at least not in just one reply! Think of it, you favorite toy was a guy that got kicked off his show for public masterbation, you want to meet Gordon Ramsey who would undoubtedly berate you and you pumpkin risotto making ability or lack thereof, and you like BIG BLACK Stouts. This is gonna take some time! 😉

      Glad you came forward, we have work to do! I’m just joking, I kid, I kid. 🙂 Those all sound like fabulous choices. But we do need to work on that whiskey problem of yours. There are lots of choices, and many have much better smells than others. We just need to find the right one for you!

      • August 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

        Yeah, she’ll be posting again – way to go Don! Stop scaring the nice ladies!!!

        • Sara
          August 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

          Ha! I fear not 🙂 I have posted before and shall post again. Don’s my Words with Friends partner and honestly he is lucky I let him win so much!

        • Don
          August 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

          That’s you Gebhart? Had no idea. I figure you are just tired when you play, when I ever get a job, I’m sure I’ll be a worse player. 😉

        • Sara
          August 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

          It is I – Gebhart! Yea, that’s it – I am just tired when I play. Er, um. Haha!

        • Don
          August 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

          Listen, I can do the math. When we are exchanging words at 11pm, it is 1 am at your place! I love it, because I usually stay up till midnight or so, but you gotta get up for work the next day! You must be tired. How else would I keep winning…all the time! 😉

  11. August 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’ve been lurking and occasionally commenting for a little less than a year. Your blog was the coolest one I found through Google Reader.

    I love beer. I haven’t learned how to conduct myself properly while drinking whiskey (but I guess that applies to beer sometimes too!)

    My favorite beer is Firestone Walker – Parabola.

    If I could have a drink with anyone, it would be with someone hilarious like Louis CK

    My favorite childhood toy was, and hopefully always will be, a bicycle.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      What’s your bikes name?…C’mon, I know you’ve given it one…

      Trick to controlling yourself with whiskey is only have one. Same with beer if you are cracking open bombers of Parabola. Love that stuff too. I’d be afraid to drink with Louis CK. I think bad things would ensue. Thanks for the Google Reader love. 🙂

  12. Mike
    August 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m a homebrewer and lover of Scotch. Found this blog on someone’s question for more blogs. I follow through Google Reader so I don’t really see the comment section at all (I hope you don’t turn on preview only through RSS as that makes me even less likely to come to the site).

    1) Two or three weeks now.

    2) Both, but probably more beer.

    3) Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout (Rodenbach Grand Cru is a close second!) and Laphroaig Cask Strength

    4) Carl Sagan

    5) Legos for sure

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

      Well Mike, you are missing out on a lot of the action and interaction if you don’t look at our comments. That is truly where the magic happens. Jim and I love the Yeti’s, all of them! And anything Cask Strength makes you ok in my book! It would be really cool if someday we could say there were “Billions and Billions of beers”, alluding to Mr. Sagan’s famous line. Jim’s gonna have to comment about Legos. I pretty much hated those little bastards, especially stepping on them in bare feet. I’m sure Jim had plenty of laughs at my expense when we were kids!

  13. August 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    (1) I had been lurking lately, but I checked-in/de-lurked with Jim earlier today.
    (2) 85:15 Beer to Bourbon ratio.
    (3) Just had The Bruery’s Fruet, and was all like “Wha?!”. But for something more drinkable, attainable, and reasonably priced, I currently have a love affair with DC Brau’s The Corruption and Troeg’s Perpetual IPA.
    (4) Christopher Walken, but not on a boat.
    (5) I think I was a pretty big fan of my Ewok Village, but since then I have realized that Ewoks are really lame. So, in hindsight, my bike.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      Oh, dude don’t listen the the haters Ewoks were bad ass! Furry lil fightin’ bears. People that say they were lame are the lame ones! You need to find a great bourbon barbeque recipe. That will awake your passion to the drink! Sadly can’t get either the Troegs or the DC Brau stuff here. That’s ok though, we get a lot of pretty cool beers out west too. What’s the deal with Walken on a boat?

      • August 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

        Natalie Wood…

        Maybe it would be fine as long as Robert Wagner was not there, too.

  14. August 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    1 – Not sure….3 months?
    2 – Beer….not just any beer… that I brew with my own 2 hands…..local craft brew comes in second (Made in the Boise area)…then National Craft brew….Import beer after that…..then Mead.
    3- Favorite Beer right now is a BuckSnort Brown Ale that I made for the National home brew day……second is Payette Outlaw IPA….thank Mike
    4-Michael Jackson……not the singer, the craft brew expert….also deceased
    5-Roy Rogers Double Holster Gun Set….

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      I had the same plastic holster belt! I used to put on my cowboy had my holsters and two six shooters, and go ride my Marvel the Mustang all over the driveway! That was awesome. Thanks! So Bob, when do I get to try your homebrew? Sounds great! I too love the Outlaw. Had a couple of Mutton Busters last night at Brewforia. Payette is doing some really great beer. Solid all the way around. I think it would be fun to get both deceased Michael Jackson’s together and have beers. That’d be weird!

  15. Jordan
    August 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    1. Been following for a lil over a year now.

    2. More of a beer person, since I can afford a beer. But I love whiskey as well. Also rum, gin, and any other forms of alcohol (save wine and vodka).

    3. Im on a huge Stillwater binge, so any stillwater artisanal beers I find I’ll tend to love. But Id also have to give props to cantillon and stone. Hard to choose. Also, glenfiddich 15 if I can find it/afford it.

    4. Charles Darwin. Or, someone who invented beer to let them know they are on to something.

    5. Do video games count? If so, pokemon (im a young’n).

    great idea for a post!

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      Well Jordon it does our old hearts well to see the younger generation getting into craft beer! My kids loved Pokemon too. Had all the trading cards as well as the vid games. As you might imagine they were past my time. Not sure where Stillwater is? Don’t see them around here, or if we do, I’ve never really noticed them. Once you get a little age on you and your pay keeps pace, you will have a whole world of whiskeys open up to you. Being as I’m currently unemployed I totally understand about budgetary constraints.There is evidence that beer was invented about 5000bc. I think they pretty well knew they were onto something right away! 😉

  16. Tomas
    August 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    A friend(Rob) met you at Brewforia a while back and recommended the site. I don’t really have a favorite commercial beer but most of homebrews usually hit the spot. Not much of a bourbon fan. Scotch though…

    Tom Waits or Bon Scott

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      Would that be Rob Amen? He is a good guy, and I’m not just saying that because he owns the local paper and buys ink by the barrel. 😉 Bon Scott would be cool, but he also liked to fight when he got drunk (pretty much every night). There is a story that has been floating around for a while now that the reason he died was because someone kicked the crap out of him to the point of knocking him out. The then asphyxiated on his own vomit. Sad story, but if true his drunken temper was his undoing.

    • August 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

      Ya, Bon Scott would’ve been cool. AC/DC was better with him. Edgier.

  17. Keith
    August 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    1) ~3 months

    2, 3) Both – once-upon-a-time homebrewer loving Belgian saison styles right now. In the whiskey category, Bulleit Rye is becoming a more consistent go-to.

    4) Elvis would be a riot. Martin Luther would stretching.

    5) My A2000 first base glove.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

      Yeah, those were the kind that looked like a pizza if I recall correctly. Good gloves though. The Belgian Saison if done properly is a very nice beer style. I have to agree, and the Bulleit Rye is amazing stuff, and at an amazing price point too. Elvis would be great, but only if he had a guitar with him. Thanks for showing up Keith.

  18. August 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    1) How long have you been a lurker on this blog?
    6 Months

    2)Are you more of a beer person, or a whiskey person, or do you (like us) love them both?
    Both. There is a time for beer and there is a time for Bourbon

    3)What is your favorite beer or whiskey currently? ( I say currently, because we know these change from time to time).
    New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk, Maker’s Mark 46

    4)If you could have a drink with any one person, who would that be? (Living or Dead)
    My Grandfather who passed long ago when I was a kid.

    5) What was your favorite childhood toy?
    Matchbox cars

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

      Well, I must say many of your answers resonate very well with me. Dragon’s Milk and Maker’s 46 are both fantastic. I find that the time for bourbon is usually about 3 beers in. 😉 I too had a ton of matchbox cars, and the cases, etc. we would trade them all around with friends. I kind of got away from them when we moved to Wauwatosa WI, and the next door neighbor had a huge slot car set up in his basement. Then we turned to slot cars. I had a little Alfo Romeo that kicked ass!

  19. August 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    1. I’ve been lurking since around the beginning of the year.
    2. Always been more of a beer person.
    3. My current favorite is my “white whale” of the summer: Fullsteam’s Summer Basil. Every time I hear it’s available somewhere, they sell out before I get a chance to grab some.
    4. I’ve always thought Hemmingway would be an interesting person to have a drink with.
    5. Legos.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      Just keep the fire arms out of reach while you and Ernie are yucking it up! 😉 I’ve heard of these new Basil beers, but I haven’t tried one yet, but they intrigue me. More legos. No wonder there is a whole theme park dedicated to them!

  20. Tomas
    August 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Yeah, Rob’s the one and he’s a hell of a brewer too. And drunken temper will be everyone’s undoing.

  21. August 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    1. Been lurkin’ for a while; have commented at least once.

    2. Both beer and whiskey.

    3. I live in a beer desert (a town of 16,000 on The High Plains O’ New Mexico) so selection is limited. Current beer fave is Rogue’s Mocha Porter, with Abita Turbodog a close second (I’m no stranger to Belgian beers, either); whiskey is Bulleit Rye. I’ve been a single-malt drinker for over 30 years but recently converted to American whiskeys in protest of 25% price increases (locally) on scotch.

    4. Churchill, hands down.

    5. We were cowboys once, and young. 🙂

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      That’s a Red Rider BB Gun, just like in the movie A Christmas Story! Yeah, it can be tough in some parts of the country to get good beer, that is why you need to make time for beer when you travel. Fill the bunker, and try some new stuff. The Bulleit Rye is a total winner. Love that stuff.

  22. August 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    i don’t really recall the last time that i commented…i am a somewhat, sort’ve semi-regular…i am stepping out of my lurkiness to shed my lurked shadow…i am more of an enjoyer of beer than much else…but, i will try just about any alcohol at least once… 🙂

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Hay Mista, good seeing you around these parts again! Glad you decided not to lurk any more! 🙂

      • mistavista
        August 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

        thanks Don, if i drank good beer as often as i posted comments…i’d be one sad puppy…

  23. Dave Strothmann
    August 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    I’m Dave. Been lurking for over a year now. Definitely a beer person. I’ve been buying Alaskan Amber a lot lately, I’d like to have a beer with my cousin’s Don or Jim if they ever get out this way again, and my favorite childhood toy must have been a realy cool hotwheels sportscar.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Looks like you may get your wish Dave. Think Jim and I will be coming out for GABF again this year. Should be fun. As our plans firm up we’ll be in touch!

  24. BeerSoaked
    August 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    I’ve been a reader of the blog for just over a year now. Mostly a lurker, but have posted a few comments here and there. As you can guess from my screen name I’m more of a beer person, although I do love a good single malt. My current favorite scotch is The Balvenie “Portwood”. I am almost done with the bottle and won’t be able to replace it for a while. Current favorite beer is always the one in the glass in my hand. Last night that was Russian River’s “Blind Pig”. If I could have a drink with anyone I’d have to agree with Bob, the beer hunter Michael Jackson. I have a few of his books and have learned a lot from him. Last but not least, my favorite childhood toy was a record player. I still have the very first 45 that I bought as a kid, “American Pie” by Don McLean. “Them good ol’ boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye…”

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      Are you F-ing kiddin’ me? American Pie? That was my first 45 too! Wish I still had it, but the shortened version for the 45 used to drive me nuts. I quickly gravitated to the vinyl albums to get the full versions of songs. I’ve been known to buy an album for one song, just so I didn’t have to listen to a cut up 45 version of the song. Thank God for digital music now! Balvenie is nice stuff. I had a sample of their Cigar Malt scotch and loved the stuff. Too bad a fifth is over $100. Pretty rare indeed.

      • BeerSoaked
        August 23, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

        Yeah, the shortened version on the 45 is annoying, but I got pretty fast at flipping it over to hear the rest of the song. Interesting that it was your first 45 too. I knew there was a reason why I liked you better than Jim. (He won’t see this, right?) Just kidding Jim! (Don, I only put that in there in case he reads this, you’re still my favorite.) Again, Jim, only kidding.

  25. August 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    1 – I guess I’ve been lurking for about a year now. And sharing my favorite lurks with my beer-drinking friends and relatives.
    2 – Beer, definitely and almost exclusively. I’d drink more margaritas if I didn’t wake up feeling so rotten the next morning.
    3 – I like a wide variety of beers, but the darker, maltier ones set my heart aflutter. The last one that really made me swoon was Squatters Outer Darkness. And when I made a beer float with it and a carmel/bacon/pretzel ice cream I knew I had found heaven on earth (at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas)
    4 – John Steinbeck, because in Cannery Row he writes about having a beer milkshake (leading years later to my heaven on earth experience described above).
    5 – My stack of board games and a deck of cards.

    Can I go back to just lurking now?

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      Hey Nancy, I remember you! You had to comment on my Outer Darkness post just to show us all what the possibilities were with that outstanding brew! Nope! No more lurking for you, you’re one of us now. There wasn’t an Ouija Board in that stack of games was there?

      • August 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

        Oooo, sorry for the double adulation of Outer Darkness and ice cream (though it’s worthy)…my ipad told me that my first comment hadn’t gone through. Not too happy with the ipad and wordpress, have to wait til I get to the desktop and Chrome (internet exporer and wordpress are also not good bedfellows). Do either of you use ipads to post and/or comment? Is there a secret? Maybe if I drank another Outer Darkness before logging on…..

  26. August 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    My current bike doesn’t have a name, but on the fly we’ll name it… Matlock. Here’s a pretty laid back video of me riding Matlock if you’re at all curious.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

      Yeah, but can you ride Matlock with no hands like I used to ride my sweet banana seat bike?

  27. August 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    I just realized you did this all wrong, Don.

    You should ask:
    1) How long have you been lurking?
    2) How much do you love us?
    3) What’s your favorite thing about us?
    4) Why do you think we’re awesome?
    5) Why is this your favorite website EVAR?!

    But noooooo, you had to make it all about THEM!!!

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      You forgot how come they like meeee so much more than yoooouu.

  28. August 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    1) I have been a lurker for more than a year….maybe two. I think I remember being called out on the last De-Lurkathon.

    2)My passions know no bounds. I love both whiskey and beer. Presumably because I read this website and it has turned me into a snob.

    3) Currently I am digging straight up Porters by Founder’s, Bell’s, and a Tuckaleechee Porter made in Knoxville (I moved from Grand Rapids, MI to Knoxville, TN earlier this month, a decision that makes my inner beer-lover weep). Although I am looking forward to a great whiskey selection here, and Great Divide’s Yeti. Always loved that beer.

    4) I have always wanted to have a beer with Abraham Lincoln. He seems like a sexy dude, and I imagine he could teach me tons over a couple brews.

    5) My favorite childhood toy? I am tempted to say “myself” but I will stick with one of those pedal-big-wheel toys.

    • Don
      August 23, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

      Big wheels were awesome, but I was too old to ride them once they came out. Jim got in on that, as they were a new invention when he was a kid. He used to ride right through the plastic of the big front wheel. I think he musta had about 6 of them before he finally outgrew them. Yeah, Knoxville would be a tough go for a beer lover from Michigan. And lets be clear, we don’t turn people into snobs, that is simply a byproduct of listening to Jim too much.

  29. Dan Simpson
    August 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    I don’t do well with unstructured pop quizes. But being a Cubs fan, I have grown to appreciate both beers and whiskey and watching dreams be dashed yearly.

    I have been following this blog for 5 months and love both beer and whiskey. Lately concentrating on IPAs -I have sent brewing kits (using grain, hops, not syrups) to my 3 sons – when I retire we intend to start our a nano brewery. My son in NY (NYPD) and DC (politico) get together
    at Jack Roses in DC where the whiskey selection is phenomenal – I haven’t sampled enough to have a favorite yet.

    My dad, grandfather and uncles and wife’s father (all comsuming ‘upstairs’ with the MAN). All ex-military they were a riot to watch and listen to playing cards – learned my most valuable vocabulary from them.

    When we were kids, this crazy old guy would give out fireworks from lady fingers to M80s like candy – why I rate movies as to how much sh*t blows up.

  30. August 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    1) about a year
    2) whiskey person who also likes beer
    3) currently: Four roses Small Batch, though anything from Four Roses will rank highly
    4) Winston Churchill. Gotta love a witty man who can help beat the Nazis while swilling mass quanties of alcohol. I might even drink gin for the opportunity.
    5) My Nintendo Entertainment System. That counts as a toy right? I played with it more than anything else

  31. James
    August 23, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    1) Just found your blog about 2 weeks ago.
    2) Definitely more beer, but I’d like to get a better appreciation for whiskey.
    3) Currently,it’s Half Cycle IPA from Flat 12 here in Indy
    4) For this one, for non-famous – I’d pick my dad. For famous I’d love to have a beer with Jim Morrison.
    6) This is a hard one. Probably the Star Wars Death Star. My buddy had the Millennium Falcon which was cool, but I still love the Death Star

  32. Dianne Budde
    August 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    1)Quite a few years. Not really sure. I just like you guys…You guys are spot on with all your comments & make me think about beer even more!
    2)Beer is the passion, but love whiskey too. My husband & I have our own Pizza/American Craft Beer Bar & like to pick the cream of the crops that we are allowed to! I often share your blog with our homebrewer friends and our facebook page.

    3)It is so hard to pick just one beer. I worked in the domestic beer trade as a sales manager for 25 years, then bought our own place & started really getting to know & understand BEER. I began with liking fruited beers…it took me a year to find my gateway IPA which was Arcadia Hoprocket their anniversary beer. We are in our 5th year now & I think I love all styles & seasonals. We have Bells Two Hearted Ale on tap for the first time & it is a fine beer. Modus Hoperandi by Ska is great. Racer 5 IPA by Bear Republic. RJ Rockers Son of a Peach…the list is endless…

    4)My Husband Mike (still breathing, I think!

    5) Barbie Dolls.

  33. August 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I’m a non lurker, but I wanted to post as well…..

    1) Never!

    2) Definitely more into beer, but I like a good whiskey here and there.

    3) Hmmm. That’s tough, but I’ll say very recently my favorite has been Stone 16th Anniversary IPA!

    4) Jimi Hendrix. His music still inspires me and you KNOW that guy knew how to have a good time and chill.

    5) LEGOs! To be honest, I’m probably gonna buy the Lord of the Rings set when they finally release it.

  34. Ben E
    August 23, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Well I suppose a little camaraderie never hurt anyone.
    1) I’ve posted a time or two, but have been visiting the site for over a year.
    2) I started as a beer person, but I found this blog one day and can say that it had a direct influence on me and my bourbon adventures. Now I would say I am both, with an edge to beer (beer is my everyday go-to, bourbon is more for certain occasions or when I get a specific craving).
    3) My favorite bourbon at the time is probably Knob Creek. I do enjoy Makers 46 though, and I am about to buy some Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve (A good choice I hope).
    My favorite beer is like trying to name my favorite song or movie. At the time either Green Flash West Coast IPA, Boulevard Tank 7, or Rayon Vert. Maybe, I could probably list 20, but those felt nice.
    4) I’d love to have a beer(s) with my groomsmen from my wedding. They are five of us and we all live in different cities. It would be nice to get together with those guys.
    5) I had a fairly realistic Tyrannosaurus Rex toy as a child that I loved dearly. I think I have a younger relative that still has it.
    Thanks for calling me out guys. Maybe I’ll practice my posting better now.

  35. Phorestfreak
    August 24, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    You say jump and I say how high? Unlurking from CT.

    1- 2ish years I think
    2-Both but lean more toward beer
    3- New England Brewing Gandhi-Bot & Eagle Rare
    4- Warren Haynes (Gov’ Mule & Allman Bros’)
    5- Tonka Trucks

    Thanks for the great blog

  36. misc.jess
    August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    1) 2 years
    2) Both – Beer when weather is hot, whiskey when it’s cold
    3) New Belgium – Abbey
    4) Kurt Vonnegut
    5) A HotWheels loop track that came with a launcher, mostly for the ability to launch a car anywhere.

    I think this rounds my comments on your blog up to 5.

  37. johnking82
    August 24, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I enjoy the fact no one wants to share a beer with Jim or Don.

    • Don
      August 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Amen Brother!

  38. Matt
    August 24, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    1. A year or so….
    2. I’m much more of a beer person, though love them both.
    3. Hill Farmstead’s Edward, though too many to count occupy second place.
    4. Nobody who would only want just one drink! How about Coleman Young, former Mayor of Detroit?
    5. The Green Machine bigwheel!

  39. August 24, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    1) A couple of months or so.

    2) Both bourbon and beer, but I tend to lean towards beer. I will admit I do enjoy a bourbon sour or bourbon tea more often than straight bourbon.

    3) Keg beer is usually a pale ale or IPA (have Odell IPA on tap now). But, I do like a well made sour and I have a Tart Lychee waiting for me. As for bourbon 1792. But, my wife is the primary bourbon drinker and she prefers Maker’s 46.

    4) My Gramps.

    5) Does my baseball mitt count? Not really a toy, but, it was the only thing I could keep my brothers from destroying

  40. KevinK441
    August 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Don and Jim, I just discovered your blog about 2 weeks ago and I love it so far!

    I am very much a CRAFT beer person after spending my earlier years drinking swill in college. I realized I didn’t want to spend my hard earned money on THAT stuff now that I’m older and wiser, ha ha! I will have a whiskey every now and then but very rarely.

    My favorite beer right now is my Apricot Blonde which I made myself! I also have a really nice Cascade pale ale which is almost fully carbonated. I brewed the blonde for the wife but I really like it as well. I also have a RyePA in the fermenter right now. As for commercial, I am a huge fan of the Bear Republic beers, all of ’em. I love nothing more than to sit down with a bomber of the Hop-Rod rye.

    I would love to have a beer with my Dad! I lost him 12 years ago.

    My favorite toy growing up was my original Nintendo!

  41. John
    August 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    1) How long have you been a lurker on this blog? Seems like a fer-ever

    2)Are you more of a beer person, or a whiskey person, or do you (like us) love them both?
    Whisky though I don’t know why it gets a capital W on this page as it’s really more of a BEER and whisky brother page

    3)What is your favorite beer or whiskey currently? ( I say currently, because we know these change from time to time). The one in front of me is Knob Creek Single Barrel. Central waters bourbon barrel barley wine.

    4)If you could have a drink with any one person, who would that be? (Living or Dead)
    Why do I gotta pick just one. Is this some kinda militant page?

    5) What was your favorite childhood toy? Evil Keneivel Stunt Bike ramp included!

  42. BeerBear
    August 25, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    1) 6-8 months, I think, posted 3 or 4 times.

    2) Both, very much.

    3) Can’t say as I have a favorite beer, I try new beers all the time, leaning toward more hoppy styles. Rye whiskey, Bulleit and Michter’s at this time.

    4) Anthony Bourdain-live, Hunter Thompson-not live.

    5) The fog of time has drawn the curtains on this.

  43. tallfellapgh
    August 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    1. Months. 1st followed link from
    2. Beer
    3. Still sampling. After a 28year abstinence (liver), I only recently resumed. 35 yrs ago Genessee Cream Ale.
    4. Obama to talk hoops.
    5. Chemistry set.

  44. August 27, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    1. Only a matter of days.
    2. Beer
    3. So many favourites… I think my all time is Southern Tier’s Pumking. Caught me totally off guard the first time I tried it.
    4. My eldest brother. He passed away 4 years ago at age 47. Far too soon and I miss him dearly.
    5. Hot wheels cars.

  45. Brian
    August 27, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    My name is Brian and I’m a lurker (Hi Brian). Hope an AA reference on this site is not seen as bad taste.

    1) I’ve been a lurker for about 1.5 to 2 years.
    2) I use to be primarily a whiskey person, and I found your web site while looking for a new whiskey blog. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve stopped drinking whiskey during the week days, makes my head cloudy at work, and started geeking out on beer. I still keep about 6-10 bottles of whiskey in the liquor cabinet, but they last a long time now, and I usually have a case or two of high gravity bombers aging in a closet that I replace as I drink them. I go to both distilleries and breweries and take the tours for fun, and my wife allows me to ask only three questions during a tour so that I am not too annoying. So I’m on both team whiskey as well as beer.
    3) Favorite rye is Rittenhose BIB, favorite budget bourbons are Old Granddad 114 proof as well as Very Old Barton BIB and Heaven Hill 6 year old BIB, favorite upper shelf bourbon is Four Roses single barrel and Van Winkle 12 year Old Lot B, favorite Irish is Redbreast 12 year old, favorite scotch is Laphroaig Quarter Cask, and many others.
    As far as beer goes I like most Belgium beers, favorite non-local breweries currently are Laqunitas, Ballest Point, Bell’s, Oskar Blues, Smuttynose, Unibroue (which I separate from Belgium), Duck Rabbit, Green Flash, Allagash, as well as the ten local breweries that are within a half hour drive from where I live but may not be well known, and many more. Additional shout out to Sam’s Quick Shop in Durham, N.C., one of the best beer stores in the area and on my way home from work.
    4) Mark Twain, Michael Jackson (the beer and whiskey guy, not the strange singer), and Conan O’Brien
    5) Favorite toy as a kid was a soccer ball, and those pirate guns you get at Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.

  46. August 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    1) I found this blog 3 or 4 months ago.

    2) Love them both, though unless I’m at home or otherwise staying put, I stick to beer.

    3) Beer: Too many to count. I try not to drink the same things too often. I’ve been loving Ballast Point Dorado and Alpine Nelson lately, with lots of stouts thrown in like Speedway and Parabola. Whiskey: Bulleit Rye and Talisker Distiller’s Reserve lately.

    4) Denis Leary would be fun to drink with. Or Zane Lamprey.

    5) Entertech water guns.

  47. Aldo
    August 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Okay, Okay. I will officially De-Lurk.

    1. Found this blog sometime in the past year.
    2. Love them both.
    3. Favorite? Tough one. I try and change up. Drank Makers Mark at a party the other night also been drinking Tuthilltown Hudson Rye, Bulleit Rye and Woodford Reserve as well as a few single malts that I have in the bar and a favorite was always Lismore, which is a blend of single malts I think. As for beer usually what is on tap around here (Lake Placid, NY). A fair amount of Yuengling and I buy an assortment of beers last few included Hop Head Red by Green Flash, Purple Haze by Abita, Red Hook IPA, Rare Vos and Three Philosophers by Ommegang, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout and Raison d’etre, White Thai by Westbrook Brewing and Little Hump Spring Ale by Highland with several more.
    4. I can’t really think of “one” person, Like to enjoy them listening to some music often by myself or with anyone who appreciates a good whiskey or beer, so I guess that includes you guys as well.
    5. Funny, just found a box of old toys in the garage. Still have that Evel Knievel with the stunt ramp and the van as well that John mentioned above. Loved my baseball cards back then as well.

    • Aldo
      September 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      Must have been falling asleep as I typed this last night as I didn’t mention one of my favorite beers that is local here….UBU Ale!

  48. John M. Thomas
    September 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    1) How long have you been a lurker on this blog?

    One day. Don’s comments about Blanton’s were on the mark. My Dad used to bring home Maker’s Mark in a milk jug.

    2)Are you more of a beer person, or a whiskey person, or do you (like us) love them both?

    Both. Another interesting fact, my Dad worked for a descendant of Christian Moerlein

    3)What is your favorite beer or whiskey currently? ( I say currently, because we know these change from time to time).

    Blanton’s is my bourbon of choice. As far as beer? I seem to pick Blue Moon most of the time.

    4)If you could have a drink with any one person, who would that be? (Living or Dead)

    My grandfather. Either of them. I’d like to have known them as an adult

    5) What was your favorite childhood toy?

    My Aurora HO race track and the Porsche 356 that it came with.

    Come to Lexington and visit. Lot’s of independent brewing going on.

  49. Woodrow Dingus
    September 4, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    1. A few weeks – discovered by serendipitous accident

    2. Beer in the late spring/summer, bouron in the fall/winter

    I go for the lagers and wheat beers in summer, Guiness (for Strength ! ) most any other time.

    3) Been drinking Woodford Reserve for 12 years – I get a bottle every year for my birthday. My interest was piqued by your discussions about Stranahans Colorado Whiskey – so I ordered a bottle from the Viginia ABC store.

    4) Would’ve like to have had a drink with the late Carrol LeFon, Naval Aviator, TOPGUN instructor, known as the blogger Neptunus Lex – a warrior-poet. He also preferred Guiness (for strength) and Jameson’s (for courage)

    5) Favorite toy? would be a 3 speed english racing bike – had to sell 50 subscriptions to a weekly newspaper in Kansas – the Johnson County Herald . I went door-to-door as a 10 year old explaining why the paper was worth the subscription price. Once I made the numbers and recieved the bike, I went everywhere.

  50. D. Guy
    September 7, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    About 3 months

    Both Old Crow reserve is the budget bourbon of choice. Avery White Rascal & Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale

    Al Lindner before he was born again

    The Big Wheel

  51. December 15, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    1) I’ve been lurking for about 45 minutes. Just finished “Beer Wars” and was curious about the fate of Moonshot ’69. Googled it, and your post was one of the first hits. I’d never seen the blog before, started browsing, and was shamed into ending my long stint in the shadows by this post.

    2) Both. I love all of my children equally.

    3) Harpoon Coffee Porter & Woodford Reserve.

    4) Bruce Springsteen. Duh. There is no other acceptable answer to this question.

    5) My giant plastic Godzilla. That thing rocked:

    • December 15, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      Yes, 45 minutes a FAR too long! Welcome to B&WB, Jake.

      • December 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

        Thanks, Jim. Great to be here. Can I request a post on your pick for the best beer and/or brewery from each New England state? It’s something I’ve debated at length with fellow New Englanders, and would be interested in your take on the question. Rather than give my picks now, I’ll wait to hear yours and then tell you why you’re wrong. Thanks!

  52. socialpookah
    April 11, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    First time lurker (on this blog!)

    I like whisky and beer.

    At the moment I like mostly the european lagers that come in the diddy little bottles.

    Beer with Bif Naked.

    Favourite childhood toy was a little plastic boy doll that had roller skates and a little ramp. Incidently, that was the google search that led me here……..

    Cool post btw!


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