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February 23rd, 2006
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Bonne Année!

Bottlecaps
Originally uploaded by Joe Shlabotnik.
Morzine, France, December 31, 2005 - It had been years since I played a proper drinking game, and even when I did, I didn't like them much. Nothing against drinking games per se; no, my problem was that the game always got in the way of the drinking.

But here I am on New Year's Eve playing a drinking game with my friend karinebou at her family's chalet in the Alps. Not just playing a drinking game, but taking part in a drinking game tournament, which involved round-robin games within your five-person league, followed by playoffs for the top two from each league. Scores were kept and everything. All that was missing were medals and national anthems.

I don't even know the name of the game, but it involved lots of people sitting on the floor flicking bottlecaps. I'll call it That Bottlecap Game. Each player rested a bottlecap on the bottle between their legs, and took turns flicking bottlecaps trying to knock the other player's bottlecap off the beer. If you knocked their bottlecap off, the other player could "defend" by knocking yours off. If the defense was unsuccessful, they get a point against them and they have to drink. A beer has to be finished at the fourth point and the eighth point. Eight points to lose.

(Have you ever heard of French beer? There's a reason why not. The beer was pretty bad. Thankfully I didn't do well enough to make the playoffs. But at least the beers were small. And you could take advantage of the confusion to not finish your second beer if you lost - nobody would pay much attention because it was time to find your opponent for the next game!)

Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Sue and I were skeptical at first, but we ended up having a blast. It was a fantastic way to meet people. There's something about sitting foot-to-foot throwing bottlecaps at someone's crotch for fifteen minutes or so - it's a real icebreaker. Shy people take note.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

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Caps is the name of the game (short for capsule = bottlecap, decapsuler = to take the bottlecap off, decapsuleur = bottle opener but only for this kind of bottles).
Now... Sorry but even if you're quite right about Kronenbourg (as bad as american beer to me = the French Papst Blue Ribbon), you cannot say that French beer is bad after having tried Kronenbourg. It's like judging American beer by Papst...
We do have GREAT beers in northern France, local beer, dark or red beers, close to the wonderful Belgian beers. So please, re-consider your comment !
I still believe Germans have the best beer, but that's because I like blonds (beer). When you're a darker beer fan, Belgium and Northern France are a wonderful place to be.
Have Americans heard of anything anyway ??? we certainly don't hear about American beer. We do hear of cat piss very often, though... Just kidding. Happy you enjoyed the game !!
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From:joeshlabotnik
Date:March 2nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)

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You might have great beers in Northern France, but remember, we were in Southern France! :-)

I honestly don't think I've ever tried any other French beer ever. It's not easy to get in the US. Or maybe it is and I've never looked for it. But I do love flavorful Belgian beers, and if you say it's similar, I'll believe you!

(And I know you've been here long enough to know that there are lots of fantastic American microbrews. Hopefully we'll be able to try some together again some day!)
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