Beer is on the Weekend Menu

We’re kinda light on local stuff this weekend, so I wanted to let you know about two live Tweeting events coming up.

live tweeting has become a favorite of mine

1. Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be trying to live Tweet from the Great Brews Classic Beer Festival at Split Rock Lodge on the PopRox Twitter page (more on that below). It’s going to be hard, but I’ll see how long I can do it for, trying to give you an idea of what the event is like and what’s going on. Head over and follow the PopRox Twitter page to tune in. Is that what you call it, tune in? That sounds too radio. Tweet in? Yeah, that’s better.

2. For Black Friday, I’ll be out live Tweeting around the area on the Pocono Record Twitter page. I did it last year and I had a blast doing it. Basically, I just drive from store to store for about eight hours checking lines at the stores, traffic on the roads and the overall mood of the people. If you’re going to be out in Monroe County trying to get from place to place, you should probably follow the paper’s page starting Thursday night. Since stores are opening even earlier this year, we’re not quite sure yet how we’re going to be covering everything. But we’ll be out and about starting around 9 p.m. Thanksgiving checking things out and going until at least noon or so Friday.

On to my only link of the day since I’m crazy behind thanks to that accident on 380 this morning:

the cause of -- and solution to! -- all of life's problems. that homer sure knows how to turn a phrase

Mmmm, beer. Of all the brilliant things Homer Simpson has ever muttered, that’s probably the most true thing he’s ever said. Well, that and “Less artsy, more fartsy.” Both of them apply to this weekend’s Great Brews Classic Beer Festival at Split Rock, and I’ll be there. Hopefully I’ll be live-Tweeting on the PopRox Twitter page, but I’m going as a civilian, so the second it cuts in to my fun level, I’m out. Two hours? I’m thinking I can make two hours. I’m not normally a beerfest participant because I’m not necessarily a big microbrew guy. I’ve still never found one that tastes as good as Lager — or even Lager Light for that matter. But I covered the Split Rock beerfest in 2009, and it seemed like a blast even though photographer Melissa Evanko and I were the only sober ones there. Then for my brother’s bachelor party this summer, we went to an beerfest at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and we had a great, drunken time. I’ve been more open to microbrews because my night-out bar of choice recently has been Backyard Ale House in Scranton, which serves what my wife and I have dubbed “Buckets of Fun,” four microbrew bottles for $10. Plus, as a groomsman present for my brother’s wedding this year, he got us a subscription to a microbrew of the month club, which rules because once a month I come home from work to find a 12-pack sitting on my porch. So my microbrew tide has turned. I figured it’s time to take the next step and start figuring out which ones are the best. Which brings me to the Spilt Rock beerfest this weekend, where there will be, like, a whole lot of breweries. I’d count them but I’m too lazy. “Plenty” sounds like a good way to put it. Feel free to stop me and say hi if you see me there, but the later in the day you do it, the less likely Sober Mike will be there to greet you.

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