8 Jan 2016

Presenting: The Tram Beer Challenge


I mentioned it the other day, but I want to explain this new project in more detail.

The starting point will be the Karlovo nám.–Moraň tram stop, where the most lines go through. I will take the first tram coming from either direction and will get off at the sixth stop. There, I will find a pub, have a couple of beers and maybe some food, and go back to the stop I god off at, where I will take tram coming from either direction and will get off, this time, at the fourth stop, where I will find a pub, etc., etc. The procedure will be repeated, always starting from the last stop I got off at, until I can't be arsed any longer.

Originally, the legs were going to be 10 stops each, but I thought it would make the trips unnecessarily long, so I cut it to six stops one way and four, the other; eliminating the risk of going back too soon where I started, or swinging endlessly between two stops.

Since I won't know where I'll be going, there will no point in doing any research at home, and since I don't carry internet in my pocket, I will have to trust my memory, if I know the area, or my instincts, if I don't. In any case, the pubs I visit will have to be new to me.

I'm very excited about this project. During the fieldwork for the 2nd edition of The Pisshead's Pub Guide, I sort of rediscovered the joy of going into a new pub in my city. And this time, it'll be even better: I won't have any schedule or greater purpose, other than putting together a review that will hopefully be more than the veni, vidi, bibit kind. It's certainly a lot more fun than drinking a new beer at home, alone, make a photo and write a bullshit tasting note or get the latest badge at Untappd.

Stay tuned, the first adventure is coming soon.

Na Zdraví!

6 comments:

  1. Great idea, looking forward to reading about this

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  2. Just play Tram dice, take 2 dice ,roll them ,odds one direction ,even the other.Must take first tram that comes , roll the dice again and go that number of stops or to the end of the line whichever comes first,find pub have a beer and repeat. Works for me.

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  3. Any "tram beer tour" could finish only at one place. I hope you know whic one, Max ;).

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    1. Yeah, I know. But it's in the book. So if the fates of MHD take me there, I will have to look for another place... Bugger....

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  4. I remember, vaguely, doing an A line pub crawl when I lived in Skalka, back before Depot Hostivar was a station. Started in a pub in Skalka, then every station on the green line until Dejvicka, had to be the first pub seen.

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  5. Maybe 20 years ago when there weren't as many different brew available as there now we did a similar thing except we just ride random trams around and got off whenever we saw a sign outside a pub advertising a beer that we hadn't had on that trip.
    We certainly got to see some interesting pub and drinks a good variety of beers.

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