The Mexican sat at the bar nursing his glass of beer and tapped a message into his PDA: "Gouden Carolus - best beer ever made" just so he wouldn't forget when he recovered from his hangover. He also sent the message to beer drinking mates the Dude and Reeksy trying to impress. He was in Melbourne on business and and had been stood up by a mate who couldn't tell the difference between Tuesday and Wednesday to catch up for a beer. In his own mind he had impresssed the Belgium bar maid who was on her first night and learning the trade and had got her recommendation - a tripel donger - or something like that. It pale aled into insignificance when the more experienced bar maiden recommended the Gouden Carolus at $13 a small stubbie. He was on his second bottle of this Grange Hermatage of beers and the 8.5% alcohol was having its not unexpected effect on his financial prudence. Why was he drinking so much beer instead of wine these days?
This was the Mexs's third beer drinking session in 7 days. Its was all Reeksys fault. That Pom had introduced the boys to this magic stuff about a year ago. The new drug that tastes sooooo good. First of all it was the regular roudy beer tasting at the New Sydney called HOPS where brewers receive honest opinions on their pride and joy like "yer beer tastes like shit mate". Then it was the more refined (and lets not say pretentious) tasting at The Local where beer gets assessed on nose, mouthfeel, bitterness and hopiness (or was that happiness), and this is discussed endlessly. The Mex had cursed Reeksy for getting him to stand up as a newcomer make a fool of himself with his opinion of the Stone and Wood brew from Byron Bay in front of the brewer. It was easy to give an opinion sitting at the table among friends but making a public appraisal of a beer is terrifying when you don't want to imagine the brewer naked. Not all was bad though, how could it be, we were drinking beer, but there was a quiz proceeding through the night and having an expert like Reeksy and his mates on the Mex's team gave an impressive win and associated prize of - another beer!
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