Absolute Legend Finishes Chemo, Shotguns a Beer in the Middle of the Hospital

Legend celebrates end of chemo by shotgunning beer in hospital
(Twitter/blomdotcomm)

Beating cancer is one of those things that there really is no proper way to celebrate. Even the biggest celebration in the world doesn’t feel adequate, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. Twitter user blomdotcomm (we’ll call him BDC, Because Damn, he’s Cool) recently shared his truly legendary way of marking the end of his cancer treatments, and even just watching the video has us all hopped-up.

While still in the hospital, our hero approaches the traditional post-cancer bell, one that patients look forward to ringing as a symbol of completing their cancer treatments. For most, this gesture is the only celebration that happens within the confines of the hospital. But BDC came prepared.

He steps onto a towel as the cheers of those who came to support him turn to laughter as he summons a can of Busch Light seemingly from thin air. Holding a set of keys in one hand and the can in the other, this absolute madlad proceeds to shotgun the whole damn thing in a matter of seconds.

BDC shared the video on Twitter with the caption, “ever shotgun a beer in a hospital? Done with chemo. Done with cancer!”

The tweet has accumulated over 35,000 likes in just two days and support for both BDC’s cancer-free status and his method of celebrating poured in from around the world. If the hospital beer was any indication, our dude has a lot more celebrating to do – but he’s taking the time to respond to dozens of comments, providing words of encouragement to others battling cancer.

Huge congrats, BDC – cheers!

Enjoy the New “Barkweiser” 7-Pack With Your Favorite 4-Legged Drinking Pal

Barkweiser 7 Pack
(Twitter/Barkbox)

Listen, with bars shut down in many places, and governments imposing curfews and other restrictions until this pandemic ends, our drinking options are limited. But this just means you have to get innovative in how you enjoy a cold one, and maybe the best development has been the attention given to man’s best friend.

We’ve already seen one company develop a dog-friendly “beer” so your pup can throw one back with you, and now Bud Light and BARK have gone a step further and created the “7-pack” to truly elevate a night with your best bud.

The 7-pack of “Barkweiser” or “Bark Light” includes six beers, plus one crinkly stuffed dog toy bottle for your pup. He’s no longer left out of the hang, as he gets something he’ll like, and you get six of something you’ll like (or maybe you include another human into the equation).

If you’re gonna do the 7-pack thing, you gotta do it right, and few places deliver better quality dog toys than BARK, as many owners can attest to. So when you’re shopping for your true best friend this holiday season, you can always grab the gift that benefits both of you, as they are available for sale at ShopBeerGear.com.

Also, have you joined us over at The Dad Pets, yet?

Drones Are Delivering Beer at Michael Jordan’s Golf Course

Jordan Drones
(Twitter/GolfDigest)

It goes without saying the pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, and some of the changes will echo long past 2020. The way we eat, shop and work has been changed forever. The movie industry is changing forever, and there’s no doubt we’ll be Zooming in some fashion for years to come. And some technological innovation born from social distancing SHOULD carry on. And by that, I am specifically talking about robots delivering booze from the sky.

We have Michael Jordan to thank because it’s his golf course The Grove XXIII that delivers snacks and drinks via drones. And it’s quite a sight to behold.

This is what robots are made for, to deliver on the whimsy and wishes of the humans that control them (for now). When you think “the future” some people might think of flying cars, but other, more sensible people think “flying robots delivering beer.” And my friends, the future is here.

Jordan has had a strong impact on society in 2020. When COVID hit, he helped open two life-changing health clinics serving people without insurance. A truly impactful action. As the virus continued to rage, he helped the food insecure by donating millions to food banks. And as we begin to look at life beyond COVID, he’s given us another great innovation.

Obviously, this solves a key component of social distancing, and golf is already a very safe recreational activity in the time of COVID (you’re pretty much alone the entire time, with no one around for hundreds of yards). The only interaction you might need to have on the course is ordering some beers and maybe a hot dog, so now you can do that and have it freaking airlifted down to you.

The future is here, and we have the GOAT to thank.

10+ Drinking Games That Aren’t Just Beer Pong (But Yeah, That Too)

Adult Drinking Games
(Getty/Moussa81)

Who says drinking games are just for college kids and frat parties? Admittedly, now that we’re adults, we’ve let the art of imbibing get a little boring. Drinking now might be tossing back a few cocktails during dinner or whiskey on the rocks while working from home after hours. Why, though? Why aren’t we playing Kings with our friends on a Friday night? And there’s no reason we shouldn’t “Ride the Bus” or play Flip Cup with our partner.

Besides, now seems like the best time to bring drinking games back. After all, it’s not like we can go out and chase down fun in all the usual ways (thanks again, COVID-19). While the drinking games with cards we’ve included here might only work well in person with people in your pod or “core four,” that doesn’t mean all social drinking is out. You could easily fire up a Zoom meeting with your pals and play a game of Truth or Drink.

So, the next time you order groceries, order up some Blue Ribbon or Fireball. Then set out on an endeavor to bring drinking games back to your life as a grown-up.

Adult Drinking Games With Cards

1. Pyramid or Beeramid

Pyramid is the ultimate BSing card game. First, you set up a “pyramid” by placing cards face down: six cards on the bottom row, five on the next, then four, three, two, and one card on the top row. Afterward, the dealer deals each player three cards. From there, you try to get your friends to drink based on what cards they think you have.

2. Horse Race

Like betting but don’t want to waste alcohol money on a horse race? In this drinking game, you bet using drinks instead of money and each ace card is a “horse.” The best part: Literally no skill is required. It’s all left to chance.

3. Ride The Bus/Around The World

The best way to describe Ride the Bus? It’s kinda like drunken Uno. The object of the game is to get rid of your cards.

4. Kings

In this game of chance, how much you drink depends entirely on the cards you draw. Many cards (especially face cards) have rules unique to each friend group, family, or gaming establishment. We love it because it’s your chance to personalize it based on your friends and setting.

Drinking Games For 2+ Adults

5. Beer Pong

Beer Pong is probably the drinking game that requires the most skill and coordination. It’s also absolutely the most popular game played at frat and sorority parties. But, who says you can’t play it on your wife’s farmhouse dining room table?!

6. Flip Cup

The only game as popular as beer pong at frat parties is Flip Cup. Setup is cheap: Some disposable cups and whatever you want to drink, even Natty Lite. And the object of the game is simply to flip cups and get drunk.

7. Quarters

You may have played quarters at a college party back in the day, too. But you don’t have to have a big group in order to play. As a matter of fact, sitting at a table and bouncing quarters with just your best bro or lady is equally chill and fun.

8. Drunk Jenga

Drunk Jenga is another game that’s easy to play as a pair. And it only gets more fun the more you drink.

Drinking Games For 3+ Adults

9. Fingers/Finger Spoof

If we’re being real, Fingers is a little iffy as far as sanitation goes. After all, the game is played by everyone putting their fingers on the rim of the glass and betting how many people will drink. That’s a lot of fingers where your mouth will go. You do you, though. After all, drinking games and questionable behavior sort of go hand-in-hand (or, in this case, fingers-in-beer).

10. Wizard Staff

Wizard Staff is kinda like Edward Forty-Hands. But in this case, instead of taping your drinks to your hands, you tape them to each other. Each time you crack open a new beer, you tape it to the top of your empty can. The more you drink, the more cans you stack, thus creating a wizard staff. Whose will be the biggest?

11. Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever can be played in a pair or in a larger group, but it’s definitely best played with people you know well. The concept is simple. You take turns saying, “Never have I ever…” and following up with something fun or scandalous. (“Never have I ever gotten so drunk that I puked” or “Never have I ever cheated on someone.”) Anyone who has done that thing takes a drink.

12. Truth or Drink

Truth or Drink is very similar to Never Have I Ever. In this game, though, one person poses a question and players either answer or — you guessed it — drink. There’s an actual game you can buy, but you can easily DIY it by writing questions on index cards or simply pulling them from thin air.

13. No Hand Flip Cup

We all remember flip cup from our old college days, but have you ever played no hand flip cup? The good news is that it’s not that much different than regular flip cup. The only difference is that you must drink and flip your cup upside down using only your mouth. Good luck!

14. Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze is probably the messiest game of freeze tag you will ever play. It’s not like tag at all at, but you may be chasing several shots during this game if you’re not careful. At the beginning of the game, one person is named Mr. freeze. When that person freezes, everyone else is supposed to stand still as well. The last person to freeze must take a shot. To avoid getting blackout drunk, it’s important to pay attention.

30-Yr-Old Stash of Gum and Beer Leave Library Hopped-up on Nostalgia

Stash of old gum and beer found at Washington library
(Facebook/City of Walla Walla Government)

After having kids, you’re forced to start finding new and creative ways to stash your snacks. Whether it’s a box of Sugar-O’s or a cake that literally has your name on it, food seems to disappear without a trace overnight in a house full of kids (aside from anything that even resembles a vegetable). It’s like having a rat infestation, only the rats are extremely expensive and eventually ask to borrow your car. Whether you tuck them away in a closet full of holiday decorations or shove them in a box you haphazardly label “Math Books” and stash under your bed, The Good Snacks need to be hidden for their own protection.

Recently, someone’s well-hidden stash was discovered in an unlikely place after they presumably forgot about it like a squirrel hiding their nuts for the winter. Like many libraries across the US, the Walla Walla Public Library in Washington closed in March due to the COVID pandemic. To make the best of a crumby (wait for it) situation, the library decided to do some renovations.

When removing some 50-year-old paneling in the mystery section of the library, the demolition crew stumbled upon a sticky mystery of their own. Five unopened cans of Hamm’s beer and a bag of Godzilla Heads gum (which hasn’t been manufactured since 1988) was found tucked away in a falling-apart paper bag.

The City of Walla Walla Government shared the photo on Facebook, presumably prompting one dad (maybe grandpa at this point) to yell, “oh crap!

The caption read, “While moving the mystery collection to a more accessible place, a Facilities crew member uncovered a real-life whodunit when he removed a corner panel on some 1970s-era shelving with an open top. Along with the usual dust and dead bugs, he found five unopened cans of ‘the beer refreshing’ and some monstrously stale gum still in its vibrant packaging, along with a moldering paper bag. Someone had apparently taken a cue from ‘Treasure Island’ and stashed their booty behind the shelving, but then wasn’t able to retrieve it.”

As we all well know, beer tends to come in packs of six – so it’s entirely possible that whoever stashed their loot in this public library some 30 years ago wasn’t thinking with a completely clear head. The unexpected treasure was a blast-from-the-past for the 50-year-old library – we’re just glad that their snack of choice wasn’t yogurt.

Guinness Releases a Non-Alcoholic Version of the Beloved Irish Stout

Guinness
(Diageo)

A Guinness for the sober folks, as the first alcohol-free Guinness Irish stout hits shelves in the UK and Ireland next week. This is the first time in more than 250+ years that there will be a non-alcoholic Guinness. That news is worth toasting (with whatever your drink of choice may be).

We are going through a drinking renaissance, to be sure. We’ve seen the market for hard seltzers go totally bonkers over the last year and change, to the point where it’s hurting traditional beer by shorting the aluminum can market. We also have the continued growth of craft breweries, which change the game on the reg and allow drinkers to get more specific with their choices. We even have a dog beer now, for when you wanna relax and toss some back with your pup.

What Guinness is doing by unveiling the Guinness 0.0 (which will be available in bars in the Spring) is smart. The market for non-alcoholic beverages is also thriving currently, especially as people change how they drink. Budweiser and Pabst Blue Ribbon have both announced new non-alcoholic options in recent months as well. Overall, the sale of non-alcoholic beverages is up nearly 50 percent over last year.

The Guinness 0.0 is made through the same process with the same ingredients, and the alcohol is removed through a cold filtration. So, in theory, it should taste nearly identical to the Guinness you’ve been drinking for the past couple hundred years (look at you, old guy!).

A spokesman for the brand said they knew the taste was important and wanted people to be able to enjoy the new drink without comprising on the taste. This is the result of a years-long production process to perfect the Guinness 0.0. He said it was a historic day for the brand.

“The launch of Guinness 0.0 highlights our long-held commitment to innovation, experimentation, and bravery in brewing, harnessing the power of our brewers and our ingredients, to create an alcohol-free beer that is 100% Guinness but 0% alcohol.”

The drink clocks in at only 70 calories and reportedly, tastes pretty great, but you’ll have to wait until 2021 to determine for yourself (or just drink a few in the meantime and pretend it’s the same).

7 Marvel Beer Bottle Openers That Make Drinking…Inevitable

7 Marvel Beer Bottle Openers
(Amazon)

I just had a birthday, and in the weeks leading up to it, my wife must have asked me what I wanted 20 different times. I never had an answer. Sometimes I pulled my dad’s old “for the kids to get along” chestnut out of my ass, sometimes I shrugged and said, “Between you and the kids, I already have everything I could possibly need, honey!” Sometimes, after she stopped laughing at me, I simply said, “beer.”

I wish I’d taken a spin around Amazon before she closed the books. Because while I did get that beer…thanks, honey… I could have also got some Marvel cooking accessories or even better, a sweet-ass bottle opener to use with that beer.

Unbeknownst to me until just recently (and a good several days after my birthday has come and gone), Amazon has a whole collection of Marvel-themed bottle openers, and they are pretty cool.

Thor’s Hammer

Thor's Hammer

 

Buy various styles on Amazon for $9 to $14

Thor’s Stormbreaker Axe

Stormbreaker Axe Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $16

Hulk’s Fist

Hulk's Fist Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $13

Hydra

Hydra Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $14.25

Deadpool

Deadpool Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $8

Venom

Venom Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $21

And my personal favorite, Thanos’s glove. Because when you’re in your forties and you have kids, drinking is… inevitable.

Infinity Gauntlet

Infinity Gauntlet Bottle Opener

Buy it on Amazon for $10

So the next time you crack a beer, you can do it with a replica of one of your favorite Marvel items.

Whatever it takes.

Just a heads up, if you buy stuff using the provided links, The Dad may collect a small commission.

Put a Dive Bar in Your Backyard Courtesy of Miller High Life

Backyard Bar
(Miller High Life)

Thanks to the most annoying coronavirus of the century, bars in much of the country still remain closed or restricted in time/capacity. We’ve had to change the way we booze, and many of us have had to change the where. Miller High Life recognizes our current hellscape, which is why they are going to put a brand new dive bar right in one man’s (maybe you?) backyard.

Happy hour at your local pub isn’t what it was even a year ago, and we’ve had to change the way we enjoy a cold one. When most of the country started throwing ‘em back at home more, it even caused an aluminum can shortage (sorry, Dr. Pepper fans). Some even enlisted dogs as their new drinking buddies.

Miller High Life wants to change the game for your socially distant boozing, by putting a dive bar right in your backyard. No more worrying about where to go, or how to get home. Instead, they will plunk a free dive bar (valued at $10,000) and outfit the drinking space with bar stools, a popcorn machine, classic wood paneling and questionable art, and dim lighting. They’ll also hook you up with a bunch of free beer.

The champagne of beers gets it, drinking at home doesn’t have to be a bummer (anyone with a basement bar knows this already). You can sign up by texting “DIVEBAR” to 90464, according to the Beer Co, to sign up for the giveaway (or by going to HighLifeDiveBar.com).

The only catch is, if you win, you have to let us come over as much as we want.

This Condo’s For You, Listing Showcases Florida Home Covered in Bud Beer Cans

Beer House For Sale
(Facebook/KearneyAndAssociatesFlorida)

Say what you will about 2020 but it’s provided us with some pretty unique real estate opportunities – like a beautiful home that has a complete jail in it. Now a condo for sale in Florida (of course) has come on the market that is completely covered in beer cans. Not, like, post bender empties that haven’t been cleaned out, but more like a meticulous crafting project that included a copious amount of beer drinking (the best kind of crafting!).

We can all agree Dads love beer, whether it’s drinking with your dog, or even enjoying your last beer with your kids. Dads happily embrace the dad bod that comes with a beer hobby, some dads even drink a Dad bod beer.

The listing agent thought the seller had found a unique wallpapering, without realizing it was more like a unique lifelong obsession. The original tenant, who has passed away, was a huge fan of Budweiser and spent years working to cover every single wall and ceiling (except for the bathroom) with beer cans.

Budweiser shared the images of the condo on it’s Facebook page, saying “The perfect house doesn’t exi—”

The home was owned by a Navy Vet, who spent 16 years consuming enough product for the job. The 2-bedroom condo in South Florida is for sale for $100,000, although to sweeten the deal, Budweiser is offering free beer to whoever buys it (as long as they don’t renovate).

Man’s Best Friend Now Man’s Best Drinking Buddy With New Dog Beer

Beer for Dogs
(Twitter/BuschBeer)

Busch Beer is changing the drinking game with its latest beer. Every beer company says that these days, but this actually has some merit. The biggest change? It’s not for you. Specifically, not even for humans. It’s a beer for dogs, and it’s going to make your pup your new drinking bud.

Dogs have cemented their status as man’s best friend over the years, yet they continue to renew their commitment on the reg. Like the family dog that kept a missing 3-year-old safe. Or the dog that saved the day when an autistic toddler wandered from home. It’s just science that dogs > cats and the rest of the animal world when it comes to pets. And now we can take that relationship to the next level.

Busch announced their Dog Brew on National Dog Day. It’s got no alcohol and no hops, but your dog will think its tasty since it’s bone broth full of dog-friendly flavors and nutrients. They are sold in 12 oz. cans, so you now enjoy a beer with better company than some of the usual crew.

The product is sold online in 4-packs, and Busch is donating $1 from each case to the Best Friends Animal Society, to help support dogs in need of homes. A CIP from Anheuser-Busch said a Busch is best enjoyed with your best friend, which is why they made a dog beer.

“After a long day there’s nothing quite like having a Busch with a friend, and with so many new pet owners across America this year, we wanted to create a brew to give our fans a chance to share a Busch brew with their ‘best friend,’” he said in a press release.

Now that you can enjoy a round with your pup, you’ll never have to force small talk about the weather or pretend to care about a stranger’s fantasy football team ever again.

Dietary Committee Recommends That Men Only Have One Drink a Day

Aluminum beer can shortage
(Getty/Konstik)

2020 has not been a normal year. Sometime around late February/early March, things got dark, and suddenly we were in the middle of a global pandemic that is still raging. Many of us were forced to quarantine inside our homes, away from our jobs and coworkers, families and friends, avoiding restaurants and movies and concerts and sporting events (that were canceled anyway). We’ve spent spring and summer in a bizarre situation that we’re yet to fully emerge from, even as the school year is beginning the start. To make matters worse, the supply of beer has already been threatened and so have the aluminum cans that beer comes in.

Needless to say, the COVID-19 outbreak and all its attendant complications have caused an inordinate amount of stress, and no one is immune to that. Which is why many of us have been drinking a bit more than normal. We’ve been drinking to lessen the stress, and we’ve been drinking to fill the time because frankly there isn’t all that much else to do. And it’s easy to crack another beer or pour another glass of wine as Netflix barrels through to the next episode. It’s understandable and even helpful in some ways.

But it can be detrimental too. And according to a new study, it’s starting to take its toll.

Back in April, the Wall Street Journal published an article about increasing drinking during the pandemic, amid a 20-year rise in Americans’ drinking. Now, a federal committee is recommending we cut back.

According to NBC News, later this year the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans are being updated for the first time in five years, and they are now recommending no more than one drink a day for men. Since 1990, two drinks a day had been the suggestion, but as Americans drink more, that portion has been halved. And no, this doesn’t mean that skipping a few days means you can then add those drinks to your Friday night regimen!

“As a nation, our collective health would be better if people generally drank less,” said Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol researcher at Boston University who is on the committee making these recommendations, and to whom we say “duh!” But I’m not so sure that includes our mental health, especially during a pandemic.

These are extraordinary times, and honestly, it seems like bad timing for a report suggesting we drink less. But too much of anything is a bad thing, physically and mentally, and while it may be difficult to adhere to one drink a day guidelines during these unprecedented times, we probably should be paying attention to how much we’re drinking. Because eventually these unprecedented times will end, and when they do, it won’t be the best look to leave quarantine with an enormous beer belly.

You Can Now Catch a Buzz From Dunkaroos Flavored Beer ‘Dunkabroos’

Dunkaroos Beer
(Instagram/martinhousebrewing)

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” – Dr. Ian Malcolm

Earlier this summer, we saw the release of a mustard-flavored beer from French’s. No one asked for this beer, never mind that it was brewed with Oskar Blues specifically for National Hot Dog Day.

Beers are getting out of hand. First, it was double IPAs, then it was imperial stouts, then it was sessions, and next thing you know they were making beer that tastes like hot dog condiments. Now they’ve gone even further and made a beer that tastes like Dunkaroos.

Even Dunkaroos fans are like WTF? Sure, we were all excited when General Mills brought the 90s snack back to shelves earlier this year. We even got hyped for the Dunkaroos cereal. But a Dunkaroos beer is a bridge too far.

Especially one that’s called “Dunkabroos.”

That’s the name of this new offering from Martin House Brewing Company in Fort Worth, TX.

 

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Dunkabroos 8% – Ale brewed with Cookies, Vanilla Cream, Lactose, and Sprinkles. We actually did it! This beer is nostalgia in a can. It wasn’t easy tracking down all these tasty treats for “research” but we were able to find a few. The flavors have been replicated perfectly. It’s a sweet, cookie filled brew that even has that frosting finish (like when you save all the cream for the last cookie – yall know what we’re talking about)! Dunkabroos goes on sale today. It is a taproom only release. 4packs are $20. Four 4pack limit per person. We open at noon. Hope yall have as much fun drinking this as we did brewing it. Cheers! #dunkabroos #90s #takemeback

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The brewery describes it as “nostalgia in a can,” and nostalgia has got to be the only reason this was made.

Maybe I’m just being a stick in the mud. Maybe it tastes good. It’s literally brewed with cookies and cream and sprinkles. At 8% it will surely make you feel good. Is this really necessary? Do we need a Dunkaroos-flavored beer? Can we not just let food be food and beer be beer?

Obviously, as beer becomes a bigger industry and experimentation runs rampant, it’s natural for brewers to keep pushing the limits. I just worry that we’re ignoring common sense as Dr. Malcolm feared. We all saw how that turned out.

Beer… finds a way.

You’ll Relish This Limited Edition Mustard Beer Collaboration

Mustard Beer

Beer culture has exploded over the past decade, with countless breweries springing up, and all sorts of different varieties of beers becoming available. I had a friend who made a Habanero beer – but he took the heat out of the pepper so it just kept the flavor. It was… not my favorite, but I was impressed at his ability to turn anything into beer, even if that anything wasn’t always my favorite thing.

The people at French’s Mustard would have been impressed too, judging by the fact that they recently did something similar.

On August 1, aka National Mustard Day, the people at French’s released a beer they’d made in collaboration with Oskar Blues Brewing. And yes, it’s a mustard beer, flavored with everyone’s favorite condiment (for real, I even put mustard on my BLTs don’t @ me).

The Oskar Blues website describes the beer as “a semi-tart tropical wheat beer infused with citrus fruits to compliment French’s Classic Yellow Mustard. The flavor includes hints of key lime, lemon, tangerine and passionfruit to create a tart, refreshing match for the spice and zip of the mustard.”

Per the press release, Oskar Blues head brewer Juice Drapeau recommends pairing the ale with a “loaded hot dog on the hottest day of the year.” Perhaps while watching a baseball game from the comfort of your living room – while the games last! Of course, if you’d rather eat your mustard, French’s is also offering some recipes in which your limited edition beers can be employed, like Mustard Beer Basted Sausages with Onions.

If you’re brave enough to give it a shot, this limited edition beer is available in cans via CraftShack, or in person at select Oskar Blues Brewery taprooms in Colorado (Boulder and Longmont) and North Carolina (Brevard) while supplies last.