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Trivia plus stacking plus beer

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My friend Glenn Darling invited me to join his team for trivia Feb. 9 at Mr. Beery's (2645 Mall Drive, 343-2854, mrbeeryssrq.com). The theme that night was beer, and Glenn said I'd be a ringer. Finally, another way to put my beer knowledge to use!

I try not to knock over the giant Jenga tower. (Photo by Glenn Darling)

I hadn't played trivia at a bar before, so when I arrived, Glenn, along with his friends Ryan, Krystyna, Sarah, Katina and Joe, explained how it works. Essentially, you get to wager points on each question.

Mr. Beery's made it more interesting by fielding a team of their own beertenders, who played against everyone else. Anyone who beat the house team got to pick a beer off Mr. Beery's shelf of rare brews not sold in Florida.

I want to congratulate Mick and Erin, who hosted the event. Apparently, they aren't the regular hosts, but they did a fantastic job and kept up a witty banter. You two should host again.

For a ringer, I sure got a lot of questions wrong. Here are just a few; answers are below:

1. True or false: In Wisconsin, it's legal to drink if you're under 21 if you're with an over-21 spouse, parent, etc.

2. What decade did Coors begin distributing to all 50 states: 1970s, '80s or '90s?

3. Who's on the label of Samuel Adams?

I'm quite proud that I knew the beer that has a crown on its label and the phrase "By Appointment to the Royal Danish Court" is Tuborg. We were the only ones to get that question right.

In case the trivia wasn't enough, we simultaneously played Jenga: that stacking game where you try not to tip over the tower while making it taller. But Mr. Beery's has Giant Jenga, or actually Giant Similar-to-Jenga-but-Distinct-Enough-to-Avoid-a-Lawsuit. All the blocks are about a foot long. You'd better watch your feet, sensitive body parts and beer glasses when the tower falls.

Nobody had to worry about me being a trivia ringer since we didn't win. And we did too well to get the prize for last place.

"How many questions did we rely on him?" Ryan asked. Apparently, too many. And if you were wondering, only one group beat the house team and got to pick their beers off the wall.

Bradenton Beer Festival

A reminder that the Bradenton Beer Festival returns Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. on Old Main Street downtown.

In addition to the beer (including local brews), the festival will be catered by food trucks from around the region. Tickets that get you beer and food samples cost $30. Food-only tickets are $10. You can buy them online or get a list of local sellers at craftbeerexpo.org.

Beer Cook-Off

Growler's Pub (2831 N. Tamiami Trail, 487-7373, growlersonline.com) is hosting its second annual Beer Cook-Off to benefit All Faiths Food Bank on Feb. 26. Cook your favorite dish with beer as one of the main ingredients. And if you don't want to cook, the pub is looking for judges. Bring plenty of quarters, because you'll use them to vote for your favorite dish. Growler's will match the donation.

Sign up with a bartender at the pub for more information.

Answers

1. True; 2. '90s; 3. Paul Revere (I know. I can't believe it, either.)

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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