Category Archives: The Experience

Of Temptation and Dry January

Dry January, a 31 day period of abstaining from drinking alcoholic beverages and a hell of a test of will power on my part. I started Dry January early this year, December 26th to be specific. I knew this meant a dry New Year’s Eve, and I didn’t think that would be too much of an issue. In reality it wasn’t an issue for me as the new year came and went, with only a small longing for a cocktail. It did impact my plans as I avoided parties and places where I might be tempted.

The reality of it is, I’ve wanted a drink just about every night. Some nights have been harder than others. Last Saturday was the most interesting. More than anything I craved the hit at the back of the tongue that comes when the carbonation of a beer hits the top of your throat. It wasn’t the booze, or the drunk that I desired it was the mouth feel.

In reality Dry January could not have come at a better time for me. There is a lot going on in my life and the haziness that alcohol can bring to the decision making process is not needed around my life. We are 11 days into it, a full 1/3 of the way through. I’ve got great support this year in a couple of partners who are doing this with me and I’ve needed it, and they’ve needed me. The next big hurdle is the National Western Stock Show in Denver next week and two great concerts at night. I’ll get through it and I’ll get through January.

 

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2015 in review

Thanks everyone for helping to grow the blog in 2015. 2016 holds a lot of new adventure, some changes in the blog as I backpack more, and before too long a 100th brewery!

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,200 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Welcome back Dry January

I can’t believe its been almost a year since the last Dry January experiment. To recap, you can see the thread of posts here, but in short I went 31 days without drinking, saved well over $100 in beer and alcohol purchases and lost 9.5 pounds. This year we are going to do it again. I’ve already got one person who is joining with me in skipping the booze for 31 days and a lot of people who have asked me about it, but are not willing to set aside drinking during January. If you’d like to join in, I welcome you to help be my support group, and I’ll do the same for you.

This year Dry January starts early, in fact as I write this today, I’m already on day three of the quest. (10% done already!). I’m also back on pace, tracking my food in MyFitness Pal, and hoping that finally I can see that scale break the 200 mark for the first time in forever (I’ve gotten close!) I’m starting early as I’ve got a trip at the end of January on the 30th and 31st, which I’m not going to deprive myself of drinking. So, as to not set myself up for failure, I’m starting early this year to make sure I get the 31 days in.

Last year’s Dry January fit perfect between New Year’s Day and the Superbowl. This year, because of the schedule change, New Year’s Eve is part of my timeline. I’m ok with that. I drank my fair share over Christmas, and since I’ve come to regard NYE as amateur hour, I hope to be in bed by 10. Plus I’m smoking a pork butt that night for a get together the next day, and I’ll use the down time to keep an eye on the smoker. I also will have to contend with a couple of days at the National Western Stock Show and a couple of concerts in January, but those challenges are what makes resetting my relationship with alcohol rewarding at the end of the day.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress as the month wears on. Thanks in advance for the support that you showed last year and I know you will show again this year.

Old Chicago Sets Beer Dinner

It’s no secret that I feel the number of beer dinners planned in and around Cheyenne is woefully low. This town has a growing craft beer palate and I think restaurants and or pop up concepts are selling themselves short by not offering more of these events. Leave it to a national chain to step up their game and put together a paired beer dinner. Old Chicago is teaming up with New Belgium to kick off the new year right.  The four course dinner on January 4th at 6pm,  will go for $35 with portion of the proceeds given to Habitat for Humanity.

What is most interesting to me about this dinner is that it beers WAY off the traditional Old Chicago Menu choices.

Course One:
Sweet and Spicy Blackberry Siracha Wings paired with Black Berry Barley Wine

Course Two:
Creamy Spinach and Pea Risotto paired with Blue Paddle Pilsner

Course Three:
Harissa Spiced Lamb Chops paired with Fat Tire Amber Ale

Course Four:
Milk Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding paired with 1554 Black Lager.

Hopefully Old Chicago gets a good turnout for this menu. I give them a lot of credit for trying it and I’d like nothing more to see them have success with it, spurring more opportunities for these kind of dinners.