181 Days ’til 40: Beer Festival

24 Aug


Today I went with my partner and two friends to the local beer festival.  It was a lot of fun.

First of all, please know that my reality at a beer festival is very different from many.  We went early, really early – to avoid the crows and the drunken banter.  We tasted many beers – some good, and some not so good.  None of us went overboard or got drunk…. in fact, I have never been drunk in my life.  (Yes, it is true, and no, I am not as good and innocent as you now think I am).

It is possible to go to a beer festival and have a lot of fun without making a moron of yourself.  I was so glad to have this opportunity.  I was sad that I did not find a new amazing beer – there were no new beer loves, but it was great to hang out with friends.

Today, 181 days ’til 40, I remind myself I can have a lot of fun and still be responsible.



Posted by on August 24, 2012 in Addiction, attitude, Control, Diet, Health


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27 responses to “181 Days ’til 40: Beer Festival

  1. mskatykins

    August 24, 2012 at 00:22

    I have actually never been to a beer festival, but I love beer and I certainly have been drunk before! 🙂

  2. buckwheatsrisk

    August 24, 2012 at 01:24

    imagine that…fun and responsible in the same sentence! lol can you tell my neighbours this please!

    • 400daystil40

      August 25, 2012 at 00:23

      Yes, I know, crazy that you can have both! I hope your neighbors learn the lesson!

      • buckwheatsrisk

        August 25, 2012 at 01:29

        i wish! i suspect i shall be moving before they

  3. Lisa Pace Wegrzyn

    August 24, 2012 at 01:46

    They just started holding one in my town last summer. It is returning this weekend, and I’ve been tempted to go check it out because it sounds like a lot more fun than typical fests.

  4. Sid Dunnebacke

    August 24, 2012 at 05:46

    That’s the only way I’d hit a beer fest – although I’ll admit Oktoberfest in Munich (?) looks like a HOOT.

    • 400daystil40

      August 25, 2012 at 00:22

      I have always had a dream of pub hopping in Ireland! 🙂

  5. Knoob

    August 24, 2012 at 13:03

    What kinds of beers did you try? Last weekend I worked at the beer bar at a music festival. The most popular were the Bavarian style vegan wheat beer and the smoked lager. Sold a lot of IPA as well, including a really cloudy unrefined pale ale called Moor Revial (also vegan). Just looking at it made me feel hungover!

    I love US microbreweries. Wish we could get more decent US beer here in the UK, and not just the rubbish like Budweiser and Coors …

    • 400daystil40

      August 25, 2012 at 00:21

      I tend to like amber ales – but the group favorites of the evening seemed to be the IPAs.

  6. Boomdeeadda

    August 24, 2012 at 23:04

    Well, how’d you get so smart? I can’t lay claim to ‘I’ve never been drunk’, but I do agree you can have an awesome time with out the hang over. Thank’s for visiting my Blog

    • 400daystil40

      August 25, 2012 at 00:17

      And thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂 As for being smart… I think smart may be relative!

  7. walkwiththerabbi

    August 25, 2012 at 01:38

    On top of avoiding the town drunks, you also had to avoid the crows? Were they re-making “The Birds?” Maybe the crows got into “the juice” first! Bad birds!!!

    • 400daystil40

      August 25, 2012 at 23:06

      hehehe – yea, I see a movie coming out of this one! 🙂

      • walkwiththerabbi

        August 25, 2012 at 23:35

        Hey – keep an eye out for the post I’m writing tomorrow. It’s titled “I’m EVERY woman.” This is a must-read for every man who deeply cares about the dignity of women everywhere – whether straight, LGB or T. I can’t wait to write it. This has “global movement” and book written all over it. I wish you and yours “enough” today. Alan

        • 400daystil40

          August 26, 2012 at 23:06

          Thanks so much! Would you mind putting the link here so that other readers can get to it? The icon with your signature directs people to the blog that you are not posting regularly on, so I would love them to be able to make their way to your blog and this post. Thank you again! 🙂

  8. The Quiet Borderline (back in hospital)

    August 26, 2012 at 18:43

    I didn’t like beer until I drank strawberry beer!

    Before moving countries, me and my friends went to Camden Town in London to a famous (beer) pub, where you guessed rightly, just beer is on the menu! Hundreds upon hundreds of them – the menu was huge! Beers from all over the world. So I chose to be the girly girl and have the strawberry beer. It was very tasty!

    • 400daystil40

      August 26, 2012 at 22:54

      Oh no, now I have to go attempt to find strawberry beer somewhere! (Once I tried beer that was brewed in coffee, it had a nice flavor!)

  9. 400daystil40

    August 26, 2012 at 23:33

    Yes!!! Thank you so much!!!! 🙂

  10. viveka

    August 27, 2012 at 01:38

    I leave this up to …. Humphrey Bogart “The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.”
    Beer festivals in August …. they should be in the end of September and October … be any good excuse for good drinking *smile

    • 400daystil40

      August 27, 2012 at 22:30

      Thanks for making me laugh!!!!! I agree August is a bit early for a beer festival, but we enjoyed it! 🙂

  11. bluebutterfliesandme

    August 27, 2012 at 22:00

    Image of me as Homer Simpson, “Hmm beer.” 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      August 27, 2012 at 22:23

      hehehe! I love Homer Simpson! He reminds me of my youth! (That makes me old, right?) 🙂

      • simon7banks

        August 30, 2012 at 17:40

        We have an excellent Winter Ale Festival here in Harwich, but of course this concentrates on British real ales and these are dispensed from barrels via a tap, not from bottles. It’s good fun and there are some fine beers, many of them uncommon and difficult to find except near their birthplace.

        Does the person pouring that very frothy beer not know about pouring gradually along the inner side of the glass?

        • 400daystil40

          August 30, 2012 at 20:37

          Wow, that sounds like so much fun! Yea, the guy pouring was not too bright!


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