The GCB is kind of a big deal

Yeah, OK, so we knew that already. Whatever. But isn’t it nice to get some positive reinforcement once in a while?

Men’s Health magazine went out in the field, got its hands dirty and rated the best college beer bars across the United States. Our beloved Grad Center Bar made the cut for both its “uniqueness” and its beer list.

Unsurprisingly, HuffPost College decided to make a pretty slideshow to supplement these ratings… or, more likely, to give road-tripping inebriates planning to hit all 20 bars some clear, unambiguous visual aids for their respective journeys. The GCB is the first bar listed on that slideshow, but not to worry — this exposure doesn’t necessarily mean that our favorite clandestine bar will be invaded by tourists in the near future. Looks like HuffPost College is trying to help a bro out and keep the location of GCB under wraps. The GCB’s so legit that it even has its own decoy.

Robinson Hall? Really, HuffPost? Econ isn’t thaaat much of a joke at Brown. OK, so maybe not the best decoy. But we still envision several impending “this isn’t where I parked my car” interactions with Prof. Friedberg & Co… and perhaps some lessons in Beerconomics. Lesson one: Beer and pizza are perfect complements.


Dartmouth student gets artsy with Keystone

Max Heiges's masterpiece "The Juggler"

A frat’s Saturday night dilemma: after many rounds of beer pong and shotgunning, empty Keystones cover the sticky basement floor. What to do? One Dartmouth student’s answer: turn it into art.

Max Heiges, Dartmouth art intern and football player, incorporated the classic frat beverage into his installation piece “The Juggler.” Much like anyone who supports themselves on Keystone, the sculpture seems like it is about to collapse from too much alcohol intake. But the precariously balanced sculpture stays afloat,  incorporating a couple of seemingly floating chairs and a lot of cases of empty Keystone, all of course donated by Dartmouth frat members. Who knew a Saturday night’s worth of beer could become a contribution to the art world? And, like with any other serious work of contemporary art, we must ask what does it mean? Heiges’s answer: “Nobody rages anymore.” Hmmmm. Right.

What we want to know: why hasn’t some hipster vis art student already done this with PBR?


Oktoberfest 2010 sets records in ‘beer consumption and lost items’

According to an article from ABC News, this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich set record numbers for “beer consumption and lost items.” The numbers come down to 7 million liters of beer consumed. Awesome. The previous record was 6.94 million in 2007. ABC News reports that the items lost included: “one hearing aid,…a leather whip, a live rabbit, a tuba, a ship in a bottle, 1,450 items of clothing, 770 identity cards, 420 wallets, 366 keys, 330 bags and 320 pairs of glasses, 90 cameras and 90 items of jewellery and watches. A total of 37 children were also lost.” Stop for a second, read that again. A live rabbit. A hearing aid. 37 children!

According to the article, this year also marked the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest celebration.

All of this information leads to two conclusions:

1. Oktoberfest sounds awesome.

2. Why don’t we celebrate Oktoberfest at Brown? Liters upon liters of beer! Dirndls! Lost leather whips!


Blorgchiving: even more fun than usual

The long weekend gave you two extra days to party — but Blorgchiving gives you years of partying history.

1985 — From the headline “Frosh Male in Drag Attracts Attention at Delta Phi Bash” and the front-page placement, you can tell this story wasn’t written anytime recently. Stefan Rice ’89 couldn’t make it into DPhi as a man on ladies’ night, so he got advice on mascara and walking like a woman from his friend — and platform shoes from “a girl with really big feet down the hall.” Rice was apparently a hit with the brothers, judging from the president’s insistence that no members of his fraternity hit on Rice and they could all tell he was a man. “Most guys wait for rush,” the president told The Herald. As for Rice, he didn’t just walk the walk in getting in touch with his feminine side. “I don’t know how they do it,” he said. “When I left, my bra itched, my feet hurt, and my ears hurt from the earrings.”

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