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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
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The future was predicted in The Graduate
TJMcDonald

Dear 1967, it's us...the future. 2017 to be exact. The last 50 years have been a wild ride. You know how you predicted these future devices like talking into our watches and communicating through video. Guess what, you were right. We have all that. However, we prefer to communicate by sending each other faxes. Don't worry, it's very convenient to fax. You can do it from practically anywhere. Each message can only be 140 characters as opposed to several pages like you're used to but hey...we call this progress.   Last night at BackPocket (this a brewery in a city that didn't exist in 1967) we had a question about a move that came out during your year. I asked the quiz
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Mar 20, 2017
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Drink Canada Dry!
Pookman

"Drink Canada Dry!" was a Canada Dry slogan, but it's also a pretty good life goal. Speaking of life goals… I accomplished another one of mine by joining the exclusive Five Timers Club of people who have hosted quiz shows at Backpocket Brewing. I celebrated by staying rip-roaring' sober—which for me means having only two beers. Speaking of only having two beers… A team that had even fewer than two beers was the aforementioned Drink Canada Dry!—who, despite being AT A BREWERY, ordered nothing but Rum & Cokes and Bourbon Neats all night. This might explain their tenth-place showing (out of 10 teams), but, hey, somebody's gotta
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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Mar 13, 2017
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A Random Night Deserves a Random Blog
TJMcDonald

OK, last night at BackPocket was a bit crazy due to issues I'm not supposed to discuss on a blog. However, I will say it rhymes with Paudio Roblems. Consider this a bonus question for next question. If you decipher this two word scheme correctly and post the answer in the comments I'll get you a beer this Monday. This only applies to the first person to post correctly. As always I hold the right to change the rules at any time, but never have had to so don't look for a loophole and we can keep these fun comments going.   Keeping on the theme of randomness I'm just going to question/mock some of the answers I saw last night. In round 3 I gave a year and a bad movie review
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Mar 06, 2017
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Star Wars vs Weird Al Yankovic
TJMcDonald

Just look at that title. How did we get here and is this even a contest? One question at a time my friend.   In Round 2 the them supplied a hint which was: The first letter of each song spells the name of the eighth artist. And what was this epic eigth song? If you assumed the artist was Weird Al you are correct. It appears when you assume you do not always make an ass out of you and me. The song, however, was probably not one you would have guessed. It was called The Saga Begins. You can watch it here *, but you should read the rest of this blog before clicking the link.   For
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Feb 27, 2017
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This blog is in Swedish
TJMcDonald

För att hedra gårdagens ljud runda innehöll sånger genom vilken den svenska kocken jag har haft Google översätter allt detta till svenska. Naturligtvis, Google översätta inte alltid vet för att vara exakt det så vem vet vad som kommer att se ut om du översätta det tillbaka. Åtminstone bör det vara en underhållande läsning.   Som sagt Round 2 presenterade ljud omfattas av den svenska kocken och hans backup sångare Vid behov. Jag visste aldrig att han hade en sådan räckvidd. Inte bara låt jag sjunger, jag känner sången och kärlek till dem gör mild
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Feb 20, 2017
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I'm starting to think the quizzers do not want free beer
TJMcDonald

Spring fever is here at BackPocket. Some unseasonably warm weather February yet people are still showing up on Mondays instead of spending it outside. Good for them. Why would you want to go outside? There is no one outside to serve you alcohol. That sounds like a dumb idea. Our quiz teams are smart. Unless it's the bonus pint round. Then IQs start dropping like panties at an Indigo Girls concert.   After round four I asked After writing "The Goonies" and directing "Home Alone," what dude apparently time-traveled back 500years to discover the Bahamas? I thought this would be an easy one. Home Alone was insanely popular. It made 285 million dollars...in 1990. Translated
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Feb 13, 2017
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People have some curious ways to spend time on the internet
TJMcDonald

I am happy to report it was a festive occasion at BackPocket last night. One of the quizzers was celebrating their 50th birthday. The team name This is 50! is not a red herring. I am disappointed to report though that the birthday boy was able to leave BackPocket on his own two feet. Why he was not celebrating by puking all over the quiz sheets and wearing the birthday boot on his head is beyond me. I feel his friends did not buy him enough/any shots and thus are probably not real friends. Hopefully, his 51st birthday will go much better and end in alcoholic blackout.*   In round 1 I asked the following bonus question: Thanks to their new Go app, you no longer need an
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Feb 06, 2017
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Who says Alcohol affects short term memory? Besides scientific studies and random drunks that can't remember their last name
TJMcDonald

I'm not sure if it was just coincidence, or a lack of tracking on the question writers, but there was essentially a repeat question last night that should've given all the teams a free point. In round 6 I asked The Broncos only managed eight total points in 2014, so the MVP award went to Seahawk Malcolm Smith at what defensive position? Then in round 8 I asked The three most recent Super Bowl MVPs who weren't quarterbacks were also the most recent non-white guys to win. Who are they?   Notice how the answer to the round 8 question appears in the round 6 question itself. I'd also like to mention I ended up reading the round 6 question three times. Giving all these factors
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Jan 30, 2017
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And we're going to rename this company Seventh Graders Who Drink
TJMcDonald

Well, let's just say it was an interesting night at BackPocket. The audio was peculiar to say the least, but in the end everyone had fun. At least that's the way it looked to me so I'm sticking with that thought until I hear different. Even if I do hear different I'm sticking with that thought. Hmmmmm, maybe my talents are being wasted as a quizmaster when it appears they would be better served in the realm of politics.   Getting back to the main theme we were blessed with not one, but two team names that had innuendos regarding oral pleasure. So hats off to the teams of Haywood Jabelowme and TJs 3 BJs for showing the gutter can always go lower.   Speaking
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
[Mondays @ 7:00 pm]
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If you come at Uncle Jesse you best not miss
TJMcDonald

Despite being in the dead of winter it was another solid week at BackPocket with nine teams participating. Of course the teams hearing has not improved in this cold environment. Round seven was titled 3-Second Movie Themes. In this round I had a three second audio clip of a score from a movie that was looped repeatedly for about 16 seconds per clip. Since I play each audio clip twice the three second loop was played approximately ten times. You would think that would be enough to realize you know it or you don't. Not to mention hearing the same three second clip repeatedly would drive regular people mad. However, the quizzers at BackPocket are not regular people. I had to repeat not one, not
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
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Insane in the membrane vs What What in the Butt
TJMcDonald

OK, I was struggling to think of a relevant title for this blog so that is what I came up with. See me through as to why it is relevant. In Round 3 we had a 50/50 round called Brain or Butt where I read a statement and the teams had to decide if I was referring to the brain or the butt. Yes, the quiz writers are indeed five years old. As it turns out the questions were pretty family friendly yet challenging. No gimmes such as "Which one is referred to as the fart box?" were offered this round. Which makes it pretty amazing that the kids team (i.e. I'm pretty sure the oldest person on the team was not a teenager yet) scored a whopping six out of eight points. That tied some of the scores
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Jan 09, 2017
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Eye Eta Pi
Pookman

As I came back into the Backpocket Brewery for my first show in 2017, I was greeted with pizza, beer, and friendly smiles. Then the quizzers showed up. (I wouldn't say they were a motley crew, but the brewpub looked like a theatre of pain.) We stumbled, bumbled, fumbled,  dumb-belled and bled our way through eight rounds of trivia, stopping only occasionally while I cidered my throat. There were a lot of tough questions and a lot of easy players, but the combined report from the CIA, FBI, and NSA was that "…everyone had fun—except for [REDACTED]. NOBODY, however, knew that Mercutio gets stabbed by *Tybalt* in Romeo and Juliet (and in Romeo
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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Jan 02, 2017
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Kicking off the new year with Hellos and Good Byes
TJMcDonald

We officially started 2017 of Geeks Who Drink and many of the quiz teams were surprised to see I had not been fired at the end of 2016. I was kind of surprised myself. I'm guessing corporate does not read my blogs. Oh well, that's their loss that they don't get to see how I insult the quiz writers, the quiz teams, and the patrons at BackPocket who have nothing to do with the quiz whatsoever. Guess my New Years Resolution will be to double down on the trash talk, but don't worry. I'll go light this week.   Hats off to our first ever all kids team at BackPocket. It was a challenging night for them, but they stuck around all evening. Of course, when your parents won't drive
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Dec 26, 2016
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And so the year ends
TJMcDonald

Well folks, last night was the last quiz of 2016 and what a year it was. By that I mean what a year that sucked ass. Many not so fun things happened this year that are making us look forward to 2017 with the warmest of embraces. However, one thing that did kick ass in 2016 was Geeks Who Drink. We have no plans of going away either unless BackPocket decides to quit paying their bill. If that does happen, well...it's been fun. As for now though I'll be back next week on January 2nd.   Of course, I couldn't end this year in blogging without one ridiculous answer from last night. Sadly there was pretty much only one as the teams were fairly mature last night except for the
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).


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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, Dec 19, 2016
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Down With the Thickeness
NickKilburg

Whatever your political persuasion, 2016 has been a... less-than-stellar year in a lot of ways. Fortunately, that hasn't stopped us here at Geeks Who Drink, and neither has it stopped our loyal drinkers players! Of course, this past week was marked by the passing of beloved father figure Alan Thicke. Team Thicke Headed got in on this right away, as did our question writers,
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903 Quarry Rd
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Monday, Dec 12, 2016
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A Hail Mary of an answer
TJMcDonald

80% of my blogs, if not more, revolve around me mocking wrong answers. The types of questions really cover a full spectrum of knowledge, but there is one type of round I've never had a chance to scoff. That would be the 50/50 round. Teams are asked a question and given one of two possible answers. A lot of times it seems like the answer could go either way so getting these wrong are not normally something to be ashamed of...and then there was last night. In round three I asked if each fact I stated was about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or Jesus of Nazareth. Some of these I thought were total gimmies. I thought wrong. Question five stated Purportedly a direct descendant of
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Greetings, My name is TJ and I am the Geeks who Drink Quizmaster at Backpocket Brewery. I grew up in Iowa City, and graduated as a Hawkeye. I lived in North Carolina for 12 years, and have returned to take pub quizzes to the next level.  Stop on out at Backpocket Brewery, and use that information your mom told you would go to waste to win great prizes (I'm talking about beer).