While we were setting up to record the podcast (coming in two hours!), I noticed the sound of many a carbonated beverage being uncapped coming in over the headset. This prompted a long-ish discussion on what we were going to imbibe during the show, and there was a broad range of responses. That got me thinking – a multi-hour discussion on the sort of stuff near and dear to the heart of any Hoon just begs for a tall, cool glass of something refreshing. I know what my go-to beverages are, so what do you like to drink when shooting the breeze on a Hoon-worthy subject?
My choice of late is a beer, and let me tell ya, it’s no ordinary beer. I discovered Black Boss Porter while on the lookout for a nice 22oz bottle of something different, something interesting. The bold label and ABV caught my eye (it’s 9.5%!), but the price ($2.79 in my neck of the woods) and the Polish point of origin seemed to suggest it was going to be some artificially-colored malt liquor product that would have me going blind in less time it takes a new Maserati to depreciate by half. Let’s be honest; I’m a beer snob. Blame my Seattle comeuppance, but malt-flavored mouthwash wasn’t going to cut the mustard. The Boss proved my skepticism unfounded – it’s a big, tasty beer, hitting all the right notes for me. I was sold immediately (and this was only reinforced later that night when I found out it pairs very nicely with a shot of Jack). Before I knew it, I was spouting off about cramming a Mercury two-stroke V8 from an outboard into an unsuspecting H-mod racer and how I felt that Chevy Citations were too bad even for LeMons. This was some high-octane brain fuel for the manic automotive set.
Which isn’t to say your preferred beverage needs to have enough ethanol in it to pickle a mule. For working on cars, my strong preference is for insanely strong coffee, straight up. No cream, no sugar. Maybe a little brake fluid, but that would be unintentional (and delicious!). It’s been pretty cold around here lately, and when it’s 29 degrees out and you realize the Peugeot 504 diesel’s battery is an ice-cold mass that’s gotta weigh 59 lbs at least, you need something warm that’ll kick your ass into gear.
So I’ll open it up to you folks – whether it’s leaning over the fence admiring your neighbor’s
wife tri-5 gasser, or settling in with a nice vat of brefass scotch to read the latest Hooniverse offerings – what’s your beverage of choice?
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Hooniverse Asks – What Beverage Goes Best With Car Talk?
This is like picking a favorite car. Too broad of a question. So what's in my liquor cabinet/fridge:
Dogfish Head Chicory Stout
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
Dogfish Head Palo Santo
Sam Adams Chocolate Stout
friends home brewed Holiday Ale (bottle aging for 2 more weeks)
Glenlivet 15yr French Oak Reserve single malt scotch
Crown Royal whiskey
Evan Williams single barrel bourbon
Buffalo Trace bourbon (unopened)
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel*
*Mrs. SSurfer321 utilizes for her Hot Totties as
my delicate palateI can't stomach JD.Loading…
Wow. I see more fellow beer lovers. I frequent BeerAdvocate and often review a ton of beers each year.
Did ya all know that Jonny Lieberman is an accomplished homebrewer as well?
Beer and cars seem to mix very well (Not literally!).Loading…
Three Cheers For Jonny from another home brewer.
I will take what ever I have on tap. Lately it's been Old Anthony Brown Ale.
A good cappuccino always works as well…Loading…
Right now? Brefass scotch.Loading…
I haven't really touched any alcohol in nearly 20 years other than a few sips of wine, but Guinness Stout would probably be my poison of choice.Loading…
Anything from Dogfish Head, Stone, Duck-Rabbit, or a lovely area of Kentucky.Loading…
Guaraná of course. You need the endurance to sustain a three hour long screaming Porsche vs. Ferrari/ Camaro vs. Mustang argument.Loading…
Depends on the setting. In general, I prefer beer…delicious, delicious beer. As my reduced circumstances have curbed my ability to seek out tasty microbrews (Doghead, Magic Hat and Abita are some of my favorites), I'm lucky in that I can fall back on a tasty, but inexpensive pint of Yuengling lager.Loading…
You are fortunate – I had to load the trunk with Yuengling the last time I was in PA.Loading…
Is sad Yuengling doesn't distribute west of PA 🙁
Is hopeful the Yuengling acquisition in Memphis, TN goes through and distribution grows so I may purchase their fine product.Loading…
I live 10 minutes from the Main factory, lets talk about advertising over-saturation, you cant go 10 feet without seeing something Yuengling.Loading…
For listening to the Hoonicast, I wisely use my work time so I default to coffee from the machine in the lunch room. It gets bonus points for making individual cups fresh ground from the giant bean hopper on top. However the taste is a bit of a letdown since one would expect better from fresh ground.
For swappin' lies elsewhere I would have to go with Creemore Springs, on tap if available, bottle-fed if not.
Once I actually get to working on the car, Steam Whistle tastes pretty good when it's 30+ (Canadian) degrees out and your forehead is bleeding from impact on the hood edge or exhaust hanger.
Brawndo, The Thirst Mutilator – it's got what Hoons crave.
Usually iced tea. Also, on an unrelated note, I think I need to enter a Citation in a Le Mons race.
As far as coffee goes, I've got this in the cupboard right now, and it's a pretty decent motivator.
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On the beer side of things, there's a matter of where this car talk is happening. If it's at a bar or restaurant, usually the best I can hope for is Rickards White or Sleeman Draught. Around home, it'll be whatever I tried on a whim (right now the one that probably best fits that bill is either Goose Island's Mild Winter, or the Innis & Gunn my parents got me for Christmas).
The Innis & Gunn is pretty tasty stuff. Pricey, but tasty, makes an excellent gift to receive.Loading…
What else but:
I would hope it's better than Neustadt 10W30. Had 10W30 once as a joke, never have since. Then again, I'm not one for darker beers.Loading…
I'll have to seek that one out. I've had their Bitter and Twisted and can only rave about it. (I'll admit to much preferring the work of small, British breweries to their American counterparts.)Loading…
I brought a few bottles of this to the 2010 Concours d'LeMons Box Wine Country Classic. It's a pretty good ale and worked well enough as a bribe that the MG took home a trophy, so what more could one ask? Appearances aside, however, it is NOT successfully interchangeable with actual old engine oil; I've tasted both.Loading…
Yesterday I was the market taking advantage of the fact I can now buy alcohol before noon on Sundays. Really, that may be the high point of last 8 years. But I digress.
This market tends to carry a limited but diverse selection of microbrews from Michigan and even a few from outside our heavily fortified borders (isn't that the reason nobody is moving here?). I picked up a sixer of Shorts Cup a Joe Coffee Cream Stout. I have not had one yet, but I expect it to be delicious. And now with the 2nd podcast out, I believe I will sip on one while enjoying the dulcet tones of our fearless editors conversing on all things obscure and bizarre.
Man, I hatehatehate the liquor laws in this great state (and county). Every liquor store is closed on Sunday. You cannot buy hard alcohol on Sunday. You cannot buy beers and wines before noon on Sunday. Buy me some beers next Sunday morning, for spite.Loading…
The law just went into effect, and its only at markets that paid the extra $150 for the permit to do so. The cashier said she sold the first wine before noon for that market at 10am. I was just happy Prohibition ended.Loading…
Arizona just got rid of the prohibition on buying beer, wine, and spirits before 10am on Sundays, as of August 1st, 2010. Talk about putting a crimp in the weekend family grocery shopping…! Now we can go grocery shopping after breakfast on Sunday without having to kill time beforehand.Loading…
As soon as I'm 19, in a little over a month, I plan to take advantage of my US passport and Michigan residence to hop over to Canada and buy alcohol, period. I don't know if you're allowed to even transport it in the US if under 21, though, and a car full of 19 year olds with a trunk full of beer would be an MIP waiting to happen.Loading…
One brew that I miss from the East Coast… Newport Storm.
I tend towards big American-style IPAs (or Double/Imperial IPAs if I don't have to be conscious much longer). Bell's Two-Hearted and Hopslam, Stone Ruination, Avery DuganA and Maharaja, Harpoon Leviathan….these are a few of my favorite things.
Also, if any of you Chicagoland types care to raid the Three Floyds brewery and send me about 5489 cases of Dreadnaught, Alpha King and/or Gumballhead, I'll gladly pay you Tuesday.
what's the metric equivalent to 5489 cases?Loading…
1 Shit-ton. Or Shit-tonne, if you're so inclined.Loading…
Beer named after WWII airplanes also works.
OK, that's really cool. I may need to hunt some down when I'm in England next time.Loading…
Ive gotten the Lancaster (the spitfire one was there as well) one here in Ontario, so it may be available in your neck of the woods as well. It was quite tasty indeed, I will be grabbing a few of each next time I see them because of this posting and because of my love of all things powered by the almighty Merlin.Loading…
Now, if we are talking Car Talk, that little radio show on Saturday mornings after cartoons, well, the drink is coffee. Black and bitter. Like my heart.
I like my coffee like I like my women: black and strong.Loading…
I am so glad you don't like your coffee ground up and in the freezer.Loading…
or tied in a sack and thrown over a donkey.Loading…
You are all lightweights.
I drink petrol.
Talking cars it depends on where I am at… Hanging with my dad its a Coors Light (the beer of 50 something white men everywhere)
also its coors light at the racetrack because you need stay focused and not drunk…
when I am working on a car though it is exclusively Lemon-Lime Gatorade!
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Thats my favourite beverage the morning after drinking my preferred alcoholic beverage all night. Assuming of course I was smart enough to think ahead and buy it before the alcohol hits the bloodstreamLoading…
When I don't drink iced tea, I drink Radeberger. Forgot about that.
I enjoy many drinks. I like drinking them, handling them haphazardly, super hot drinks paired with super cold drinks for increased heart strain, and big, giant glass of icy water drinks. More specifically:
Racer 5 IPA. I assumed I just liked it cuz I like the word Racer, same way I like Marlboros possibly cuz I think I'm all western, but it turns out it's actually a delicious beer.
Cheap beer. I like cheap beer. I could drink Coors Light all day without pissing.
Orange juice. It's super delicious.
Apple juice. Also delicious.
Lemonade. It's, how do you say, delicious.
Also, I drink liquor maybe three times a year. Jamesons, Bushmills, or Maker's Mark, in that order of preference.
I like something from Leinenkugel or New Belgium (especially the darker stuff) if I feel like splurging; otherwise I happily settle for Michelob Amber Bock or even a Miller Lite once in a while.
If I'm going to be out in the garage working for a while, though, I'll stick with water or Coke Zero. Especially if there's a test drive in the plans. I have bad enough judgement as it is, even without alcohol.