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I had a scotch ale (don't know if I can legally mention the brewer but they're a brand name, out of Wisconsin and the name sounds like Kleinenluggels) recently that I thought would be awesome for gaming. I've noticed in other threads grown up gamers saying they enjoy a frosty beverage w/their RPG's.

I've not been able to find the ale I like locally (Minnesota) but any Surly beer is good. I tend to go darker for gaming for some reason. What's your poison?


Monty Pythons Holy Ale.

Nuff said.

Qadira

A 'session beer' style bitter. Something not too strong so I don't get forgetful. Partridge went down well last time.

Oh, and cellar temperature rather than 'frosty' for me :)


I prefer not to drink when I'm gaming as I like to keep the mind as sharp as possible. Alcohol just makes me lose focus, makes my head dizzy, and makes me feel like crap the next day.


Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve.

It's sort of a side effect of growing up with it being the local, and therefor affordable, brew.


Anything reasonable, served in a glass with a nice bit of heft to it. Since moving to NZ I've found Cooper's Best Extra Stout to be my go-to stout (even though it IS an Aussie brew).


Cold. Followed by - you guessed it - warm.


Root...

Seriously, I adore beer...but I have never much liked to drink while I game. When I was younger it made the table lose focus, in college my crew were not drinkers, and now we play on Sundays usually just after lunch....


Chimay red. You sure like tasteless grainwater in this thread. :P

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Guinness all the way.

Edit: Hobgoblin, Witches Brew, and Gingerbeard are good as well.


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We usually share a six-pack around the table in the course of a night.

This year's Sam Adams Oktoberfest is really good.

My group's favorite non-seasonals are: Magic Hat #9, Hoegaarden White Ale, and Saranac Pale Ale.


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Away from the game...
Southern Tier's Creme Brule' Stout is high on my list right now...that stuff is amazing.


I don't drink at the gaming table but I sure do enjoy a beer at The Ram in Indianapolis when I am at GenCon.


When I play my Vanara, I make banana daiquiris. :-D


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We game on Tuesday nights, so last week I had both a bottle of chilled champagne and a fifth of Jack Daniels that I was going to break out, depending on the election results.

We didn't get through more than one encounter, as we were all more interested in the election results than smacking down ogres.

[BTW, we drank the champagne.]


Haladir: hope lives another day.

Nepherti: that's a really good idea. I think I'll start changing up the drinks depending on who I'm playing. What goes with a snot-nosed punk wizard in a 4e game that's as obsessed with fire as a goblin?

@ the remaining universe: I'm not talking I get hammered as I play. I usually have one 12 oz bottle; 2 when my players breeze through a CR4 fight with a swarm of centipedes only to stall out at a CR 2 trap that makes a hole in a bridge over some rapids. The party's APL is 2. Said fight = 29 minutes; said trap = 2hours & 3 minutes; that night was...challenging.

Fat Tire is always a nice neutral...


Beck's

nuff said...


Mark, what about a flaming drink? Or something cinnamon based? The Holy Ale I drink is for my paladin.

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Gulden Draak
10.5% alcohol, and doesn't taste like rubbing alcohol [as many high alcohol beers do]. Plus, the bottle just looks fantastic.

Taldor

Meade, It's what they drank back then. Or ale. But it HAS to be Micro as there where no Coors, Bud, or other

Taldor

OH I prefer anything by Grimms Brewery.

Sczarni

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One of my groups is alcohol free for various reasons, and the other one I do at home over Ventrilo with my brothers. For that one, I drink whatever I've got around -- usually cheap Canadian whiskey or brandy.

Tonight the wife and I have the makin's for mimosas, though, so we may mix up a couple of those. :)


Last game we had Green Goblin Oak Aged Cider. It was a very good cider.

We usually have port or wine if we are drinking. I prefer not to drink at the table as one player nods off to sleep and other players loose focus and I start quoting Monty Python.


Last game we had mulled wine and the players ended up screaming at each other and emptying bottles over each other's heads.


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Last game we had mulled wine and the players ended up screaming at each other and emptying bottles over each other's heads.

Did they empty the bottles by breaking them?


No, a simple upending, thank goodness.

Grand Lodge

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The GrumpyGM drinks
Arrogant Bastard Ale

Silver Crusade

We don't really drink around our table, but if I wanted to do so...hard cider seems a good choice. It might be fun to bring some rum to our pirate AP games, but I doubt I'd indulge. Like others here, I realize I feel like crap after drinking.


There's no real appreciation for good beer around the table I game at. One guy even shows up with several cans of "Milwaukee's Best" (If that's their best, what's their worst?!!) while a couple others drink a wine cooler or 2.

There's been a lot of talk of dwarven stouts in the game of late, so I'll probably bring a couple of bottles of Founder's Breakfast Stout or something similar to the next game. Midas Touch from Dogfish Head might be a nice change, too.


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Pabst Blue Ribbon!


Forgot to mention I am a GM/DM and we all know a sloppy GM is a bad GM. Tho I usually drink when I'm at the movies or something like that. Usually I drink {Rogue:Dead guy ale}...It's the brew of true savage vikings.

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JrK wrote:
Chimay red. You sure like tasteless grainwater in this thread. :P

Chimay is just a big noise of booze and sweetness. I'm not a fan, no complexity or subtlety.

I prefer Mr. Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter for gaming, or Kelpie beer.

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SuperSlayer wrote:
Forgot to mention I am a GM/DM and we all know a sloppy GM is a bad GM. Tho I usually drink when I'm at the movies or something like that. Usually I drink {Rogue:Dead guy ale}...It's the brew of true savage vikings.

Okay, we get it... you can't hold your drink.

Spoiler:
:b

Not all of us get sloppy if we have one or two beers over a 6 hour period.


GeraintElberion wrote:
SuperSlayer wrote:
Forgot to mention I am a GM/DM and we all know a sloppy GM is a bad GM. Tho I usually drink when I'm at the movies or something like that. Usually I drink {Rogue:Dead guy ale}...It's the brew of true savage vikings.

Okay, we get it... you can't hold your drink.

** spoiler omitted **

Not all of us get sloppy if we have one or two beers over a 6 hour period.

I could drink you under the table without even getting a buzz.


Azmyth wrote:

The GrumpyGM drinks

Arrogant Bastard Ale

I see your Arrogant Bastard Ale and raise you an Angry Man Pale Ale.

Angry Man Pale Ale
ABV: 5 %

Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale is a unique mix of classic UK and US pale ale styles. The best of British and German malts balances the huge citrus hop aroma and flavour strongly influenced by generous use of New Zealand-grown Motueka and Pacifica hops. A brilliant light-golden colour, Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale has a full-bodied finish and complex character. This is well balanced with biscuity/toffee flavours from selected caramalts.

I havent had a Murray's Seasons in the Abyss but it is on my list of beers to try

Seasons in the Abyss
ABV: 11.3 %

Murray's 'Seasons in the Abyss' Farmhouse Imperial Stout is dry, dark and roasty – with a wicked earthy yeast character. At 11.3% abv, it's a beer to be savoured on the darkest winter nights.

Osirion

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There's a "worst" beer?


Almost anything sold in an American gas station or Walmart, Aberzombie.


I like to game with my beer.


Gas stations are not only a good place to buy beer, they are often quite excellent places to dine. As well, they are usually good places to score [bubble bubble bubble] but, alas, I have yet to find one that is all three.

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rpgsavant wrote:
Almost anything sold in an American gas station or Walmart, Aberzombie.

Except, perhaps, in Seattle, where you can often get the likes of Fat Tire or Pyramid (and sometimes even more or less drinkable wine) in gas stations.

If you're in WI, I recommend Valkyrie Brewery—I'm looking forward to trying their War Hammer when I visit home in December. (Though it looks like some of their other seasonal beers, like the Berserker Barleywine, went away when they rebranded from Viking Brewery, alas!)


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Aberzombie wrote:
There's a "worst" beer?

Worst beer for gaming? Any of the otherwise-excellent microbrews with a high alcohol content. I normally knock back two during a gaming session, but that one time we were drinking Racer 5 (which is one of my favorite beers)... well, let's just say that I made a bunch of terrible tactical mistakes and awful table rulings because I was too buzzed to think straight.-

Worst beer ever?
Only counting for beers I've actually consumed, I think that's a three-way tie between...

Milwaukee's Best ("The Beast")
Pabst "I only drink it ironically" Blue Ribbon, and
"conveniently packaged in 40-oz bottles for the undiscriminating alcoholic" Olde English 800 .


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I don't drink PBR ironically, I drink it because it's cheap!


It's not just a question of beer at the game, but what munchies you eat during the game.

With Jalapeno chips, something robust like McAuslan's St Ambroise beer
With popcorn, Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly
With Doritoes, Smitwicks

But in the summertime, I usually go with Miller Chill


Aberzombie wrote:
There's a "worst" beer?

Fosters....


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I also never game without my bubble bubble bubble...otherwise I'm grumpy.


Currently in my fridge: Sam Adams Winter Lager

Sam Adams is my go to brand for beer. I'm a big fan of hefeweizens and they have several different kinds. As I said earlier, The Ram in Indianapolis has an outstanding hefeweizen. I'll drink that all day.

Taldor

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SuperSlayer wrote:
GeraintElberion wrote:
SuperSlayer wrote:
Forgot to mention I am a GM/DM and we all know a sloppy GM is a bad GM. Tho I usually drink when I'm at the movies or something like that. Usually I drink {Rogue:Dead guy ale}...It's the brew of true savage vikings.

Okay, we get it... you can't hold your drink.

** spoiler omitted **

Not all of us get sloppy if we have one or two beers over a 6 hour period.

I could drink you under the table without even getting a buzz.

So... your posts are incompatible, or am I missing something?

Also, I'm loving your psychic powers: awesome!

edit: grammar and stuff

Just because:
Honestly, I was just having a bit of a laugh: I thought the smiley was a bit of a give away. I'm not really into tough guy attitudes to drinking. I'm too old for that stuff. I know grandmothers who could drink me under the table: it's all good.

Andoran

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What you don't know is that SuperSlayer is drunk this very minute!

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princeimrahil wrote:
Cold. Followed by - you guessed it - warm.

Because a one that isn't cold, is scarcely a one at all.

Chimay blue for me.

Andoran

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I'm a fan of Sly Fox's Phoenix Pale Ale and Saison Vos.

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