(belated) OKTOBERFEST!!!!!!!!

I celebrated Oktoberfest in Sydney,Australia.  I ordered a traditional Hoffbrau House Dunkle (.5 liters) and some traditional grub.  I sat outside – in 72 degree weather – in a beer garden.  What more could I ask for? Yummy!

5 out of 5 Cheers (for Sydney)

4 out of 5 Cheers (for the food and beer) The beer was good and the mug was special.  The food was traditional but, not exceptional.  I had to combined those reviews with an overall experience score to get the 4/5.



Where has all the drinking gone?

I must confess — I’m disappointed in myself for not keeping up the “drink” part of the Doc&aDrink name.  It’s not because I haven’t been drinking anything.  In fact – since I’m in a new country (New Zealand) – I’ve been drinking all sorts of new beers, wines and spirit combinations.  Katy isn’t here to review the drinks with me and drink reviews are more fun together.  BUT – the show must go on!

This review goes with my last doc review – American Teen.  Truth be told – I actually watched the movie all snuggled up in bed – on a sunday morning.  So – technically – the movie was paired with coffee. BUT, for the sake of bringing the DRINK back in Doc&aDrink – I paired the doc with a Kiwi Paradise Cocktail.


It’s healthy (2 whole kiwis were used).

It’s easy to drink and looks pretty.

Perfect for the high-school girls.

Correction: High-school girls shouldn’t be old enough to drink at all.

They Should substitute the alcohol for juice.

5 out of 5 Cheers.

—becky beamer

Beer Wars (Lite edition)

This week’s drink entry was inspired by the documentary Beer Wars, which Becky reviewed a few weeks ago.  In the film, the host asks folks at a bar who swear they have a favorite Lite beer, to taste the light beer and identify it.  Choices – Coors Light, Miller Lite and Bud Lite.  People sucked at it.   They claimed all three beers tasted identical and they had a really hard time finding their favorite.

In the interests of seeing if its true, Becky and I conducted our own test. One person would be blindfolded while the other poured out three beers A,B, C .

Once the blindfold is off, taster has to decide a) if they can tell which beer is which and b) put a star by the one they liked the best.

What we learned – in case there was any doubt – those three beers do taste remarkably alike.   We each got two out three wrong.  We couldn’t really tell the difference between the Miller Lite and Bud Light – we both ID’ed the Coors correctly – I said it sucked the worst, and Becky said it was the best of the three.  So I’d call that a wash.  But we generally agreed that drinking them was a complete waste of calories because they all pretty much sucked.

However, there are times when life calls for a light beer, times when you want a beer flavored drink without the nasty side effects of taste or high alcohol content.  Say, if you were playing beer pong– in which case taste will only slow down the chug factor and too much alcohol would probably kill you…Or if you are playing poker, and you like the IDEA of having a beer, but too much drunkenness will cause you to lose money.

In these instances we highly recommend buying whichever one is cheaper, because the difference in taste is so minute its atomical.

One out of Five for the Lite beers

–Katy J.

Triple your beer fun –

Becky & I headed to RFD (Regional Food & Drink) in Chinatown to find a beer to go with our viewing of Bigger, Stronger, Faster I love RFD because there are a thousand beers on tap, and even though it’s always busy, you don’t feel penned in – you can almost always find space to actually hang out with your friends. It’s a great place to go after seeing a movie. And beer enjoyment is encouraged.

Exterior of RFD (c) Katy Jones

We try to review a movie & drink combo once a week. Last week our movie was “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” Our accompanying beer we decided must also embody the qualities of “Bigger, Faster….” and obviously that meant ordering the most alcoholic beer on the menu.

At a whopping 10% ABV, The Clipper City Brand’s Belgian Tripel Ale (not a misspelling), is a whole lotta beer. It has a reddish, even colour, and a spicy flavor that’s followed by an almost sweet finish. It was a very satisfying beer. And we only needed one.

Unfortunately, it appears that this beer was a small batch release, and is likely to be gone soon. However, local Baltimore Brewery Clipper City seems like it has a lot more delciousness in store for us. (It also appears they are changing their name to High Seas) Looking forward to trying more tasty well-crafted beers in the New Year!

Other Reviews of Clipper City/newly renamed High Seas beers:

Gustary Liberation Front

Beers in DC

Beer News

Drink Review > Winter Wonderland Beer

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DRINK: Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale

REVIEWER: Becky Beamer

There’s a feeling to winter.  It’s a time when you want to be warmed by a fire while looking outside to a winter wonderland.  I fell victim to these wintery  feelings recently –  at the shopping market.

I looked around the Harris Teeter beer selection and noticed that everyone was picking up Sierra Nevada’s WInter Ale : Celebration Ale.  Check out the label.  It’s a perfect sell for the seasonal winter ale.

I had high hopes that were quickly dashed.  Don’t fall for the label.  The beer is just average – nothing special.

Learn More about the Celebrational Ale.

2 out 5 Cheers

Drink Review : Mystery Wine

DRINK: The “blush” or “red” wine offered at your local Chuck E. Cheese
REVIEWER: b.beamer

Let me set the scene. It is my birthday but, not just any birthday, I am turning 30. And as I enter the dirty thirties I am nostalgic about birthdays of past. I immediately thought about the fun of Chuck E. Cheese. Yes!!!! Tokens !!! I always loved a good game of skeetball and who doesn’t remember the fun of counting tickets, pizza, and hitting defenseless groundhogs. The deal was sealed when I found out that this great establishment also served alcohol (beer + wine). Continue reading “Drink Review : Mystery Wine”

Drink of the Week : Hot Yummy Warm Spiked Apple Cider

What a perfect fall treat!

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Drink of the Week: Apple Cider with Rum

Reviewer: becky beamer

I can’t think of another fall drink that will warm up your insides and make you feel all snuggly inside better than Spiked Apple Cider.

It’s easy to make .  Check out these two recipes:



Tip #01 : I do recommend sticking the cloves into a piece of fruit because otherwise you’ll end up with hard tiny pieces to fish out while you are drinking.

Bonus: Makes your house smell good.

Tip #02 : Test your drink by tasting and be ready to add a little more rum than the recipe calls for!

I have to give a special thanks to my neighbor – Caroline.  She made this drink of yumminess and turned a dull day into sunshine.

Happy Fall —–  b.b

5 out of 5 Cheers

Drink Review: Manny’s Pale Ale in Seattle


You may or may not have noticed that I have not been blog-contributing much.  I’ve been traveling quite a bit on my current assignment (cause sometimes we get lucky enough get to go out and make documentaries too!)  Most of this trip was on the West Coast.

My favorite city we visited was Seattle. What’s not to like?!  Amazing fresh from the ocean seafood!  Fantastic coffee!  And BEER!  Such great local BEER!!  Usually when shooting, you are on set for about 12 hours.  This was true for most of the days, but one magic day, the shoot ended early, and my crew and I were able to take an evening and sample some of the local brews. (We also ate a feast of fresh halibut, the most amazing mussels ever, and delicious seafood soup…but this is a drinking blog)

So at the historic Virginia Inn we lined up a selection of local beers and voted for our favorites.   Our favorite was Manny’s Pale Ale. As the local Georgetown Beer Brewery says, this is one “Darn tasty beer.”

I’m traditionally more of a lager drinker, but hoppier beer is becoming more and more interesting to me lately.  And this beer was great.  It’s nothing like an IPA, and I couldn’t even compare it to everyone’s standard Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Manny’s Pale Ale lures you in with a hoppy, fresh, almost citrus flavor to it, and pares amazingly well with dinner.  Its both drinkable and complex. And is probably my favorite beer I’ve had to drink this month. Just talking about it makes me long for Seattle.

Five out of five cheers

Drink of the Week > It’s All GOLD!!

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DRINK : Johnny Walker – Gold  (* On the rocks )

REVIEWER: becky b

I love Johnny Walker.

Mostly, I drink Johnny Walker -Red with Ginger Ale.  It’s a great drink.  Just a little bit of Ginger Ale smooths out the whiskey while adding a sweet “twang” to the drink.  Easy and complicated all at the same time.  What more do you want?  I was quite satisfied with this drink …..

Until this weekend.

Now – I must invest in some Johnny Walker – Gold.  I’ll sip it with a few ice cubes weekly – to calm the chaos of the rest of my day.  Nice and smooth – smokey – it could practically double as a perfume to attract the male persuasion.

5 out of 5 Cheers

Splurge for the Gold!


DRINK REVIEW: Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice

DRINK: Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice

REVIEWER: Katy Jones

I really cannot write enough about how much I love the existence of orange juice. OJ goes well with cereal, as part of a complete breakfast. And with French Toast, pancakes, chicken and waffles, grits, and egg and cheese sandwiches.  It tells your body to wake up and get going.  And it’s really not a productive morning without a glass of orange juice.

My go-to – Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice. Easily found at 7-11s, drugstores, grocery stores, whatever is nearby.  I choose Tropicana because its pretty awesome juice for a drugstore available brand.  It doesn’t have that chalky reconstituted taste of some other readily available orange juice.   And while I must admit, there is better tasting juice out there, I’m usually too frugal to be bothered spending money on more expensive juices when I have such a reliable go-to.

On a personal note – Tropicana also helps with hangovers.  Sweet citric acid seems to calm that pounding behind the eyes that only results from an overindulgence the night before.

I like the no-pulp kind.  But you can experiment and find your own variety.

4 out of 5 cheers.