So… I’m entering my fourth week of law school and, you know what? It’s pretty cool.
For once I feel as if I’m learning something that is truly relevant–I no longer have to worry about esters and “backside attacks” (well–living in DC, that last is not entirely true!). All I have to do is worry about offers and agreements, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, tortfeasors, and restorative justice.
It does feel like a lot at times, and I’m sure I’ll be VERY stressed during finals. However, I’ve been able to get by with a little help from my friends–and a lot of help from booze.
A funny thing about grad school is that I’m drinking much more than I did at college; oddly enough, what I’m drinking is worse than I what I had at college. As a fifth year I only stocked Grey Goose and Ketel One, Tanquerey, Campari, Pimm’s… I’ve been reduced to drinking rail drinks and Smirnoff vodka once again.
I HAVE been drinking some good wines–I’ll have to write about those soon–but I have also been drinking a lot of beer. A LOT of beer. Much of it is Miller or Bud Lite, unfortunately; happy hour is a big phenomenon here. And you know what? Miller and Bud and Coors do the job.
But one yearns sometimes for more than just a quick, cheap buzz. One occasionally needs quality, to taste the finest hops and malts (unironically), to drink a beer with quality. This was a precitipating factor behind our recent Beer Potluck.
The idea is simple: find a nice, large venue. Invite a lot of people. Then, ask for these people to come to the aforementioned venue with a six-pack each of their favorite brew. To ensure the widest range of beer, coordinate so people don’t bring too much of one kind.
In this particular instance, we had the party on the roof of the fabulous Woodward Building. We invited 100 people from our 1L class. And about 60 or 70 of those people showed up, most of them with great beers.
Some of the beers we sampled included:
Anchor Steam Liberty Ale
Brooklyn Brewery Summer Ale
Delirium Tremens / Nocturnum
Dogfishhead 60 Minute
Kennebunkport Apricot Wheat
Magic Hat #9
Sam Adams Summer Ale
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
There were at least… like 15 other varieties.
Try it out! But remember to have plenty of cups so you’re not stuck on one beer when you can be trying four or five!