During the first part of our “Sunday Funday”, DeRM and I traveled to Dominique Ansel Kitchen for the KFD (Korean French Dip) sandwich. After finishing that $22 sandwich in three bites (I’m still bitter about the price), we embarked on a journey out to Williamsburg-Brooklyn to the Counting Room to celebrate the website launch of a fellow Meetup group: Travel By Beer. It was the perfect Sunday afternoon that included complimentary beer by Big Alice Brewing, passionate Jenga, and a dope live performance by Goodbye Tiger.
As soon as we arrived at the Counting Room we were greeted by one of the best things you can be given at a bar… FREE BEER!!!!!!! In celebration of Travel By Beer‘s newly launched website, Big Alice Brewing was kind enough to provide enough brew to intoxicate a bar’s worth of patrons. The specific drink was the Long Island City Native White Stout. This put me in an oustanding mood…
Similar to my personal experience with food, my beer knowledge is sub-par. The underlying subplot to my Culinary Foolinary journey so far has been figuring out what my taste in beer is and how to determine what to drink when I’m in a legit bar for hardcore beer connoisseurs. I tend to stay away from hops aiming for a smoother, less bitter ale (I barely understand what I just typed). Big Alice’s brew was one of the first concoctions that I’ve enjoyed that was mildly bitter; but then again, the complimentary nature of Big Alice’s beverage might have assisted in my favorable opinion. #FrugalLife
While Big Alice’s beer began to flow through the veins of those who attended, DeRM & I cracked open a game of Jenga. It was DeRM’s first time playing so I took enjoyment in schooling him on something for once. After explaining the rules, we got down to it.
It didn’t take too long for others to join in. I don’t blame them. If you don’t know, Jenga is the perfect game for drunk parties. The rules are simple. There aren’t too many strategies to take other than pulling blocks from the bottom like a soldier or being a coward and taking blocks from the top. The game grows more suspenseful after each turn and there are perfect opportunities for shit-talking (which is my specialty). Our game of Jenga went from a friendly one on one between DeRM and I to a 7-player disaster chocked full of profanity, sexual innuendo, racial commentary, and plain old “I’m better than you” smack talk. Alcohol is the fuel for moments of debauchery.
As the afternoon progressed, Goodbye Tiger (an experimental rock band from Central New Jersey) blessed us all with a great soundtrack for day drinking in Williamsburg. The vibe was incredible. They even dropped a Radiohead – “Karma Police” cover that had me singing along like I was in a romantic comedy. It was brutal.
Travel by Beer’s website launch party was a huge success. It was the perfect follow up to the great morning DeRM & I had at Dominique Ansel Kitchen. But it would be a crime if I didn’t mention how great the organizers of Travel by Beer were. Ron, Ramsey, & their team immediately greeted us on our way in and made us feel super welcome. Being a meetup organizer myself, I know the struggle of trying to be attentive to everyone especially in a situation where there’s an entire bar’s worth of people. They were top notch in keeping the crowd engaged and entertained and deserve my little nod of respect via bloggery.
And of course, don’t forget to check out our Meetup page for upcoming events (hint: you can also see them on the sidebar of this blog).