What Will You Drink (and Drink to) Today?

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Great news for basketball fans of both the Duke Blue Devils and the Wisconsin Badgers: It’s National Beer Day, in honor of the day in 1933 that beer became legal again in the U.S. after 13 years of Prohibition! So, whether you’re celebrating another national title for Duke or drowning your sorrows, or somewhere in between, you’re all set.

For Blue Devil fans, your #1 draft choice (Ha!) very well might have been Duke Ale from the Duquesne Brewing Company in Pennsylvania.

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Unfortunately the brewery, now located in golfer Arnold Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, decided to discontinue Duke–something Blue Devil haters would no doubt love to do.

So, the next best option might be a Munich-style Dunkel Lager from a brewery in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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According to one reviewer on Beer Advocate, it “goes down easy.” And, as you see, it features a nice picture of Bobby Hurley on the label.

In order to increase my chances of finding drinking partners today (and because I’m not a Duke fan), I’ll be looking for either distraught Wisconsin fans or non-basketball fans celebrating National Beer Day. And I’ll be drinking early, because supplies may run out quickly.


One side note from Final Four weekend: Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and the Grinch. Has anyone seen them in the same room at the same time?

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Thanks to comedian Frank Caliendo’s retweet to his 300,000+ followers, the side-by-side comparison I posted during Saturday’s semifinal helped me establish a personal Twitter record.

In other news on National Beer Day, it’s Masters Week. And while your favorite beer drinker (and mine) John Daly is not playing in golf’s first major this year, he’s participating by selling his merchandise from an RV right outside the gates of Augusta National. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods IS playing, but with his recent struggles, Daly’s joke from a few years ago might actually apply:


And while Big John is supremely likable, the defending Masters champ Bubba Watson appears to be the most disliked pro, according to a poll of tour professionals responding to this question: If a fight breaks out in the golf course parking lot, who are you NOT rushing over to help? Bubba ran away with it.

Bubba may not even be aware of his shortcoming in this area. His unpopularity may stem from the fact that golfers are often victims of the stubborn, repetitive, single-minded approach their sport requires to achieve success. Perhaps early exposure to a team sport, in which camaraderie is forged, and there’s a necessity for reliance on and respect for others might have helped. Or maybe just deciding to go have a beer with the guys once in a while.

And finally this week in professional golf, Russell Henley’s clubs were lost. By United. The OFFICIAL airline of the PGA Tour. If you happen to see the United employee responsible for this gaffe, buy him a beer today, he could probably use it.

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host, who can’t play golf and drink beer at the same time.

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