We all love games based on drinking, and it looks like Nick Helmholdt of Ann Arbor, MI is trying to make a craft beer game. The game is card based (check the the official rules in this PDF file) with pints (points) being awarded for various brewing tasks. The first person to a set amount of points wins the game. Essentially, you will brew craft beer and expand your brewery to earn victory pints!
The description from the website for the game is as follows:
Picture yourself as beer brewer challenged to create distinct and appealing recipes. Pint Craft incorporates elements of resource management and seasonality to generate variety. Creativity on the player’s part ensures that no two games are the same. No knowledge of brewing is needed to play Pint Craft.
Your friends loved your latest original home brew recipe and encouraged you to quit your job to brew beer full time. At first you hesitated – how can anyone make a living brewing small batches? Then the right combination of frustration and fortune made this craft beer idea seem like the perfect way to escape your dead end job and ferment some passion into your work! But you’re not alone. Other aspiring brewers want to make their mark, too. In this fast-moving industry you’ll need to expand your operations, brew unique styles, and attract thirsty beer enthusiasts to stay ahead of your competition.
Beer Style Cards
The game looks like a lot of fun, and I’m considering donating to get myself a copy. You can pre-order Pint Craft starting at the $25 level. The game will be made in the good ole USA, no need to involve China. If you pledge, you get a copy you can download and start playing right away (printing at Kinkos is suggested).
The Pint Craft Box
Check out this video demonstration of how the game works:
The crab soup contest at EMBC was once again a huge success this year. This year’s event was in an effort to raise money for 27forOldEC, a relief efforts from the derailment of trains in Ellicott City, MD. Overall there were 7 entrants that were mostly either a standard Maryland crab soup or a cream of crab soup. The Judges were given samples to taste in a predetermined order and then graded the soups on such items as appearance and taste.
When the contest was done, everyone at the bar was allowed to sample as much as they wanted of the remaining soup. I made sure to get a sample of all that was available while enjoying some of the great beers the brew on premises. Jonathan Postma (third from the right in group shot) won the overall contest with the prize being a wine rack with 4 bottles of wine.
The contest is underway, and Timmy is serving up the first soup.
This soup left in whole crab claws!!!!
The judges score their results of the various soups.
All contestants received a shirt from a locally made vodka.
September 28th is National Drink Beer Day in the USA. It can also be called “National Drink A Beer Day”. For those of you outside the USA, you already missed August 5th as International Drink Beer Day. I’m not sure what you have planned this Friday, but it should include drinking down a mug of your favorite brew.
So do you plan on celebrating National Drink Beer Day? If so, what are your plans?
This week’s winner is jchabicht. Samplers always do well, and I like the fact that he has a good shot with the beer, in the logo beer glass with the score sheet, six pack, other samples and popcorn in the background .
Red Robin must have read our Real Beer Float article. They are now offering a Sam Adams Octoberfest over vanilla ice cream with caramel drizzled on top. I guess we were a little ahead of the times when we did our beer float reviews about a year ago.
“Nothing says Oktoberfest better than a beer, so I incorporated the fun spirit of Red Robin into this innovative milkshake,” said Donna Ruch, master mixologist with Red Robin. “Now, our guests don’t have to choose between a beer or a shake to go with their burger. They can have the very best of both in our new Octoberfest Milkshake.”
So now is your time to try a real beer float. Head out to Red Robin and drink one down and let us know what you think.