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Blinded By Love
Submitted by christine on 2007-05-02 06:33:55 (via
The author of this article is a truly beer lover and expert. He can smack the different tastes of beer and make the difference among all the sorts of beer offered, let them be bottled or non- bottled. It’s indeed amazing to have these qualities. Just the qualities of a super barman!
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Submitted by Amber on 2007-05-03 07:32:25
I wonder how much beer should one process in a lifetime in order to become such a good expert in identifying the types of beer with such ease? Or you probably have to work as a barman for a long time indeed?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-05-05 08:12:38
I have always had an interest in beers since my first sip as a child. Growing up in the midwest (Minneapolis) all we had available were the major brands such as Budweiser and local favorites such as Hamm's and Grain Belt. These all followed the same generic lager formula and were brewed, in my opinion, more for quenching your thirst or getting a buzz than for flavor.

As soon as I had the opportunity to sample more exotic fare, imported beers at the time, I was hooked for good. The boom in craft brewers (thousands) and breweries such as Brooklyn Brewery which now make more than generic lagers is fantastic.

Whenever I am exposed to a new beer I try to sample it and take notes. I also research beers on the internet and have several books on beers. I read Beer Advocate and other publications as well.

Last night I tasted (and to properly taste a beer you need to drink at least 8 ounces, and no spitting) Golden Draak Ale, Dogshead 90 Minute IPA, and Harpoon Refsvindingo Private Stock Ale. I will be writing these up today on my blog.

I also shared a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery Local 1, which I have written about before, with my barbecued ribs at Pete's Waterfront Bar in downtown Brooklyn. An excellent place to try new beers as the have a large selection and always have something new in bottles or on tap.
Submitted by roxy on 2007-05-07 07:58:36
Hey anonymous,
are you the author of the article?
Just to feed my curiosity, have you ever build a scale of drunkenness, after tasting more than two kinds of beer per time?:)
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-05-07 08:22:22
I was the author of the article, yes. Actually, it is not just an article, it is a blog where I chronicled my drinking in 1000 bars in a single year and then have continued to update it sporadically.

I guess I didn't know how to include my name so it came out as anonymous.
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-07 08:25:10
Just testing. I signed in before replying this time so maybe my name will show up. By the way, the picture that is posted has little to do with my blog. It was just a spoof on Burt who wears a wig and has had several face lifts and talks about "man rules" in regards to beer drinking.
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-07 08:36:05
Okay, if this results in a double reply I apologize. Maybe the anonymous one won't show up. I was the author of the article (actually, part of my blog that I started when I set out to drink in a thousand bars in a single year and document my progress). Now I post less frequently.

I have no scale of drunkenness, but I will admit that I do get a bit tipsy at times. Particularly when dealing with some of the higher alcoholic content beers (see my post for May 4th).
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-07 09:09:44
For another article about my exploits, you might want to try this link:
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Submitted by christine on 2007-05-07 11:26:14
Hello barman, I am so glad that you replied to the comments of your own article that I found so interesting:).
I am really the kind of person that like to share with everybody else something that I find of interest. So was your article "Blinded by love". BTW, why did you call it that way?
Ok, I know that the picture that I posted next to the article has nothing to do with the content of your traveloque, but I imagined it has affinities with its title:)
One more thing, I am having troubles with finding your travelogue of the May, 4. Could you pls post the link, or better post the article here, so that all my friends could see it?
Thank you in advance
Submitted by christine on 2007-05-07 11:27:03
As about the 1000 bars in an year, it is really cool!!! Cheers!:)
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-07 11:50:05
Blinded By Love was just the title of that day's post. I titled it that because I visited the Blind Tiger which is a bar I love. The picture of Burt was in a post about Fruiting Your Beer.

If you click on the picture of Burt it should bring you to my website where all of my postings are available, including the one for May 4th.

The link is
Submitted by Amber on 2007-05-08 04:44:00
Hi Dan Freeman!

I have read your article One Man, One Year, One Thousand Bars.

This is incredible! Although it might sound fun and pointless at first, but I agree it takes discipline and hard work. And because of the particularies of the task it is especially hard to stick well to your objectives.

So, you became famous althoug you didn't plan it? HOw many countries did you have to visit in order to accomplish this?
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Submitted by barman on 2007-05-08 07:22:39
Glad you liked the article, Amber. I hit most of the bars in the New York City area; Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Queens. As far as foreign countries, Mexico and Spain got most of my business, with one or two bars in Canada.

I did drink in Siberia, but that is just the name of a bar in Manhattan.
Submitted by christine on 2007-05-08 08:29:28
Hi Dan,
thank you for the article on May, 4.
I got that you didn't build a scale of drunkenness:) although there is a scale of the percentage of alcohol in every bottle of beer.
Keep it that way, man!
Btw, did you think about visiting Germany or Denmark, the countries the most famous for beer?
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-08 09:08:05
I plan on visiting Brussels, but next year I will be taking a river-cruise from Amsterdam to Paris (or the other way around). Should have some interesting tales to tell about that trip, so stay tuned.
Submitted by christine on 2007-05-09 02:18:50
Thank you, barman,
will your trip to Europe be also related to beer? Anyway, waiting for your interesting adventures.
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-15 07:12:50

I guarantee you that any trip to Europe will involve beer. My next trip there will be a river cruise that starts in Amsterdam and will end up with three days in Paris. That will not be until 2008, however.

In a couple of weeks I will be heading to Costa Rica. Probably not a whole lot of beer drinking while I am there, but I suspect that I will be able to squeeze in one or two.
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-05-14 14:51:01
are you naked
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Submitted by barman on 2007-05-15 07:10:38
That is a picture of Burt Reynolds and has almost nothing to do with my website other than the fact that he is in those commercials where they say "Don't fruit your beer, Man Rules." I do fruit my beer, limes in my Coronas and sometimes a slice of lemon in my Weiss beers. I put his picture in my post about that stating that someone who looks like him and wears a wig and has had face lifts shouldn't be telling me what "Man Rules" are all about and I will fruit my beer if I damn well please.

Whether Burt is naked or not, I cannot say.
Submitted by Amber on 2007-05-16 04:46:08
Hi Barman! YOu know I'm curious about one thing. Actually I don't understand it. What is wrong with fruiting your beer and why there should be a comercial about it? Who cares to spend money for such a comercial and what is their interest?

Thank you.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-05-16 07:51:44
Amber, you make an excellent point. There is nothing wrong with fruiting your beer. Blue Moon, a fairly decent Belgian style beer even though it is made by Coors, has coasters suggesting you add an orange slice. Many German weiss beers are traditionally served with a slice of lemon and, of course, a slice of lime with a Mexican beer is almost traditional. The funny thing is that Miller, who sponsors these stupid commercials, also manufactures (I hate to say "brew") Chill, a beer with lime already added. Go figure. I guess they appeal to insecure males who feel compelled to follow "Man Rules" as defined by the likes of Burt (nip and tuck) Reynolds.
Submitted by barman on 2007-05-16 07:52:40
Oops, forgot to sign in before replying. The answer by Anonymous actually was from me.
Submitted by Amber on 2007-05-16 08:07:27
You're so funny!!! ;o);o) Nip and Tuck... as I imagine this configuration, I can't help but giggle:O)

Thank you. It's really something that appeals only to some insecure people, who don't know who they are and need some beer marketeer to define it for them.
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