5 Tips On How To Day Drink As A Beer Geek

Day drinking is glorious. Except when it’s not. Things can go south really quick.

But they don’t have to. If you’re smart about it and have a plan, you can have a delicious pale ale in front of you all day and still make it to the next day just as fresh as those boring-ass sober people.

Make a plan and you’ll have a better day and a better next morning. Here is what has worked for me.

1. Start Small

Obvious I know but not everyone does this. You got to start the day with a low ABV beer. Whether you begin your drinking day in the morning with some sort of coffee stout (shout out to Modern Time’s “Blackhouse”), or at noon with a Kolsch or pale, pick a low alcohol percentage.

If you don’t start slow, you’ll be trying to correct it the rest of the day and it will use up too much sobering energy.

2. Stay Hydrated

Water. Always have a water sitting there with you. This is probably the number one tip overall. If you have a glass of water with every beer you drink it will go a long way towards keeping your day going and your wits about you.

I like to mix in caffeine too, about every other drink. There are times of the day when I have a water, a beer and caffeine all going at once.

Here is a rough order I try to stick by:

  • Beer
  • Water
  • Caffeine.
  • Beer.
  • Water.
  • Beer.
  • Caffeine.
  • Beer.
  • Water.
  • Beer.
  • Beer.
  • Water.
  • Bed.

As you can see, there is some work involved and a lot of liquid. Which reminds me, don’t forget to mix in:

3. Food. Eat Some

You must eat like always. Not like you were not going to, of course, but some of us get super bloated and may skip a meal. Don’t. Maybe throw a salad in there too.

4. Take Breaks But Don’t Stop

Maybe you slow down about midway through your day. That is fine and probably a good idea. But don’t take too long a break. If you do, your body will start sobering up and realizing what a mistake this day has been. Don’t let it. Wait until the end of the day or tomorrow morning for your body to remind you that you’re an idiot.

5. Be Nice To Everyone

Are you mentally in a good place right now? Are you a fun drunk? If you are and you stick to this plan, you and everyone around you can have fun. In fact, you may not ever really get drunk.

Stick To Your Drinking Plan!

As proof of this method’s effectiveness, I followed this to the letter on Opening Day of baseball this year and made it all the way to 11 that night – I started drinking at 10 am.

Not only that, I was a delight to everyone all day – at least I think so.

Nothing ends your previously fun day of drinking quicker than being surly. Nobody wants to deal with you and people close to you will try and shut your day down. And that sucks because you had all those delicious beers left to drink!

Opening Day Beer Drinking and Activity Schedule

A few years ago I started taking the day off from work to watch Opening Day of baseball. One of my favorite days of the year. It was obvious to join my love of craft beer, baseball, and having a day off from work, into one glorious day. I really need to name it.

This year is different. Instead of a tradition Monday start it’s a Thursday. I’m fine with it because they are not doing any funky stuff like having games in Japan or having a game on the Sunday night before. Just straight up begins on Thursday morning and goes all day.

So here is a brief rundown of my day. I will probably update as the day goes by as I had to put this post together quickly.

OPENING DAY DRINKING & ACTIVITY SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 AM PT: Wake up late because I recorded the Perfect Pour last night and I’m starting out a bit hungover. Blueberry pancakes and lots coffee.
  • 9:30 AM PT: Clean the studio/man-cave from the podcast the night before.
  • 9:40 AM PT: Cubs vs. Marlins begins the 162 game season. I’ll have a Modern Times “Blackhouse” coffee stout to begin the drinking day.
  • 10:10 AM PT: Cards vs. Mets joins the game watching. Still milking the Blackhouse (gotta keep this up for 12 hours).
  • 12:05 PM PT: Twins vs. Orioles. First AL game of the season! Maybe a little Wiffleball, now thinking about what beer is next. Likely a Modern Times again as there was a sale at Total Wine.
  • 12:35 PM PT: Astros vs. Rangers. First AL West game, now the season truly has begun.
  • 12:37 PM PT: Yanks vs. Bluejays. Time to put burgers on the grill!
  • 1:00 PM PT: Red Sox vs. Rays. Do I dare open up a third beer?
  • 1:05 PM PT: Oakland A’s vs. Los Angeles Angels. Highlight of the day! My favorite team is the A’s and it’s a rare treat to have their game on so early on opening day. Usually, I’m fading by 7:00. I think the A’s have a good team this year and if their starting pitching can surprise, they can legit challenge for the West.
  • 4:08 PM PT: Giants vs. Dodgers: I hate these teams which means it’s fun to hate-watch. I might be veering off the Modern Times or going back to the Blackhouse for the coffee at this point. I’ll probably be feeling good, at any rate.
  • 7:10 PM PT: Indians vs. Mariners: Hopefully I am not too bloated and filled with toasted onion dip, at this point. Gotta finish off my AL West support!

There is more to do and talk about. I just wanted to get a quick schedule up. I’ll be updating on my Twitter and Instagram feed (@mikeytoppour) along with my Untappd feed (@dorktown). Along with this post.

Please hit me up with a comment here or on social media and let me know what you’re doing for Opening Day! Cheers and PLAY BALL!

Mikey Top Pour Mission Statement: Never Leave A Beer Behind

If you’re going to have a craft beer blog, since it is such a crowded space, it is best to at least have a niche. A focus. I need to get focused. What the hell am I going to do here?

What This Blog Won’t Be.

This is not going to be a beer review blog. That does not mean I won’t be posting about a beer I’ve tried for the first time, or maybe a beer I have had that still inspires a post. But it won’t be a traditional review. I just don’t have it in me.

Naming off accurate (or not so accurate) tasting notes is not my thing. I can’t figure it out. Part of it is I have always found it to be too pretentious for beer. Getting three or four flavor notes deep into a beer feels wrong. Feels like a wine geek kinda thing.

It’s Not One Of The Things That Drew Me To Craft Beer.

Maybe that’s why I resist training myself to be better at tasting beer. But it’s more likely that I am just lazy. I’d like to be Cicerone Certified someday (at least at a server level), but that will be later. For now (and probably forever), no boring reviews. They have their place, I read some of those blogs and listen to some of those podcasts, but you won’t see it here.

The “reviews” will be more like “This beer is making me feel things. I want to miss work for the next few days and just stare into the woods with this beer by my side.”

Hopefully, you enjoy that sort of thing.

What Will This Blog Be?

A different kind of focus on craft beer. On being a beer geek. The kind of focus that will help you not let a drink ticket go unused. Like the one pictured at the top of this post that I let go unused at this year’s Fresyes Fest. Sacrilegious!

Humor. That’s what you’ll find here. Attempting to be funny anyway. A mix of humor and focus. Both for you and me. Helping focus our lives as beer geeks, no matter where we are on that timeline.

How to never leave a good beer behind or a drink ticket unused.