Update 5/8/09 10:08AM - 2009 DRAUGHT COMPLETE!
It's time folks. The Anything Mock Draught is just what you might expect... a satirical draft mocking mock drafts. Our "league" happens to be drinking related items and topics.
The draft will go 3 rounds, and the order has been set. Check back often to view the results as they come in.
1. Two Pints - Belgium
Belgian beer, whose origins date back to the middle ages, comprises the most stylistically diverse national collection of quality beer in the world. With over 450 standard varieties of beer coming out of Belgium, I'll have plenty of choices to go with those fries w/ mayo, or chocolates, or waffles...
About 100L of beer is consumed per Belgian per year! That is over 211 fair pint pours per year for those of you in Oregon.
2. J. R. Ewing - Oktoberfest
I also scouted Western Europe heavily. It's hard not to, with such ripe talent across all TheFerm categories. While Belgium is strong, my #1 prospect remained on the board. October has always been a favorite month of mine. It happens to contain my mother and wife's birthdays and my own anniversary. The Texas-OU game is always played in October, Halloween is one heck of a holiday. And who doesn't look good in lederhosen?. The weather begins to turn mild, and the beer is as good as it gets. Therefore, with the second pick in the inaugural TheFerm anything draft, J.R. Ewing selects...Oktoberfest.
3. SirRon - Charlie Papazian
Sometimes being "The Man" is a good thing. Charlie was the founder of the Association of Brewers and the American Homebrewers Association. Charlie also founded the Institute for Brewing Studies, Brewers Publications, the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, and Zymurgy magazine. If you are a homebrewer, then you also are sure to have a copy of the homebrewing bible Charlie wrote, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Today, when he's not being the coolest homebrewer and beer drinker in the world, he is lending his time as the President of the Brewers Association of America.
But it is Charlie's motto that keeps me calm during hectic brew days... so I thank him most for that... "Relax, don't worry--have a homebrew!"
4. Mr. Smokey Pants - The Norris Family
We've had a place, an event, and a person...what's left but a thing. But naw, I'm not going there. Even though there are worthy candidates (The Whitis Cabin Beer Fridge, Norris Honeymoon Cigars, Chicken Wings, Michelob) and G$ kinda stole my category, I'm sticking with the #1 on my board. The only thing better than actual beer drinking: drinking buds. I considered Jerry Seinfeld, the Most Interesting Man in the World, Mark Twain, Matt Maloney, and Major Applewhite, but they all pale in comparison to The Norris Family. So peeps, I've taken a people, including their blood relatives (like the Whitis fam) and relatives by marriage (like the Arevalo fam). I get Greg (who'd take a bullet for me if we get in trouble), Amanda (who keeps us out of trouble), Mad P n' Ollie (for entertainment), Kyle (who I won't allow to take us to anymore aggie parties), Katy (and her impressive liver), Leslie (and her average tribond skeelz), Mike & Ruby (sophisticated wino travelers), Arnold and Rita Marie (who seriously know how to part-tay). They created the pick'em league, this blog, this Draught, and tasty homebrews. They introduced me to Guerras, BW3, NTN, Michelob, Iron Chef, Grolsch, etc. And they are the only reason I survived law school. I was going to just take G$, but that would be selfish...so I've taken his entire family! Ha ha!! You are all mine!!! When imbibing, the occasion is 80-90% of the time improved by drinking buds. So, in the Anything world of The Ferm, when I'm drinking and need drinking buds I'll always have my choice of The Norris Family. For example, if I'm trying to shark some intruders in our world at darts or pool, I'll definitely conjure up Mike. Or, if I run into some current or former Longhorns in our world and need inside knowledge, I can go to Teach, or her alumni-band cousins. But most of the time when I'm just knockin back a few, I need a gamer to hang with or some old skool raps to nod my head to...BOOM! I'll order up G$. And I'll never be lacking for good drinking conversations. Maybe I'll remember a few in that world...
5. K-Dub - Yeast
Micro organic beastie boys.
They are a zymurgist’s toys.
Eating carbs are their duty.
Ethanol and CO2 they pooty.
Subjectively the reason to live.
Byproduct always seductive.
That's yeast y'all.
6. Leslie - Gary Vaynerchuk
He’s the host of Wine Library TV. He eats grass, licks rocks, and smells dirty socks all in the name of wine-love. That’s true love.
7. Two Pints - Sam Calagione
I sure didn’t want to disappoint anyone, and I’m positive my pick of Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head will not come as a shock. Not only is Sam an incredible craft brewer, he represents craft beers with style and dignity. May the Beer Gods continue to bless Sam Calagione and his brewery so that we “off-centered people” have more craft brews to fill our tanks!
Ode to Sam
The craft is strong with this one
Sexy Sam’s the man.
8. J. R. Ewing - Body Shots
Taking the draft a different direction and rounding out the categories over to "spirits". What high school prepster doesn't aspire to go to college for the sole purpose of sucking, licking, kissing various consumables off a willing co-ed? That's right, it's time for a little salt, followed by a tequila shot (preferably Jose Cuervo, although too often Pepe Lopez), then a wedge of lime or lemon. With the 8th pick in the inaugural TheFerm.org anything draught, J.R. Ewing selects...Body Shots. It's as American as Apple Pie, Beer Pong, and Elvis Presley. But in the case of Body Shots, you get an excuse to acquaint your lips with the anatomy of a nubile hottie.
9. SirRon - B Vitamins
Here's the skinny. When the body metabolizes alcohol, one molecule of ethanol produces 2 molecules of NADH. Elementary, right? Well, until it steals that vitamin B12 and uses it as a coenzyme. Drink a lot (i.e. metabolize a lot of ethanol) and you'll find yourself with a vitamin B12 deficiency. But pop a B-complex vitamin before, during, and after your session, and you could literally drink ALL. NIGHT. LONG........ and only have all the other side effects of drinking to worry about. After the draught, I'm taking B vitamins out for a little celebratory partying... whoo!
10. Mr. Smokey Pants - Mos Eisley Cantina
So I've got my drinking buds... where to now. Not Belgium, dammit. We need a bar. Not just any bar. We need the greatest bar in the universe. I had to travel the entire galaxy working out draught picks. That's gonna be one helluva expense report. But when I wandered into the Mos Eisley Cantina on Tatooine, the decision was made. I hung with Han, kicked Luke in his female parts ("But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"), high-fived Ben, played holographic board games with my bro Chewie, and blasted a couple nerf herders...half-witted, scruffy looking bastards. Then I chilled out to the freaky tunes of Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes.
This pick is a tribute nerds everywhere and one of my favorite subjects... flicks. It's also an homage to my LSMSA nickname. In closing, here's some beer haiku from far far away:
Pirate city bar.
No droids. No blasters. Greedo
gets his. Han shot first.
Arms out of sockets...
Wookies are known to do that.
Let the Wookie win.
11. K-Dub - Michael Jackson
(Not the one with the singing career)
Michael Jackson was best known for his writings on all things beer, but he was also an avid whiskey aficionado. In fact he has been the author of many books such as "The World Guide to Whiskey", "Great Beers of Belgium", "Ultimate Beer" and "Scotland and its Whiskies." Although this homes was a Brit, he has been quoted with saying, "...I would prefer to celebrate the most interesting of American beers, some of which have more flavour than anything made
Unfortunately for Planet Earth he passed away in August 2007, the man suffered from Parkinson's and diabetes, but his soul lives on in his writings and now in the Draught.
12. Leslie - Tailgating
There's nothing like the combination of college football, autumn air, and daytime drunkenness. Tailgating is the true fans' ode to their team, salute to the game, and celebration of everything culinary that can be transported in a cooler. It is my second round pick and quite possibly my favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
13. Two Pints -
14. J. R. Ewing -
Upon hearing of his selection, Boomhauer had the following to say "I tell you what, man, you see the page where dang ol' SirRon & TwoPints come in there and he's talkin' 'bout bacon and she Sam and Mr. SmokeyPants comes poppin' in there, he always does that. Them Ferm boys, I tell you what...just a dang ol' good blog, man'. "
Which comes first, the drink or the food? Pairing a Cabernet Sauvignon with that mustard glazed lamb or a Stout with that salmon can take the eating experience from an "I'll just eat this until I get full" experience to something like Remy's magical fireworks scene in Ratatouille. Food pairing isn't an exact science, which is a good thing for those of us that like to experiment.
My fondest festival memories often tend to be the pairing sessions, whether it be GAFB, the Texas Craft Brewery Festival (someone please, *please* bring this back!), or the upcoming SAVOR event in Washington D.C. (which TwoPints and I will be attending this year). The outstanding pairings prepared by the Texas Culinary Academy at the Texas Craft Brewery Festival inspired me to host my own food and beer pairing (two sessions of consisting of four courses prepared by a variety of guests).
So here's the opening up the cellar and planning that next menu. And here's to finding that pairing that takes a funky and stinky piece of cheese and turns it into the greatest thing you have ever put in your mouth (hint: science is science.... it probably won't be a wine... but I'll sure as heck be around for some testing!).
16. Mr. Smokey Pants - Happy Hour
When you've conquered space, what’s next... I'll tell you what's next: TIME! Boom, drafted. Happy hour. It gets you through week. It helps you tolerate work. Everything is cheap. And everyone is looking to unwind. You might get some good sports and tasty bites. Best part about it, it's always five o'clock somewhere... in my pants!