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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, May 15, 2017
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Iowa is heating up and so is BackPocket
TJMcDonald

I think we can officially say goodbye to winter. If this is not true sign me up as a climate change denier. We had a good size crowd at BackPocket last night. Despite all the noise the crowd was fairly well behaved which means this will be a hard blog to write. So let's review the rounds themselves.   In Round 1 I gave a year and the plot of a popular film, but instead of the real characters, I'll swap them out with other roles those actors played. For example 1991: Rain Man kidnaps some kids for his Neverland crew, until Mrs. Doubtfire comes to rescue them. The answer was the movie Hook. An interesting round indeed, but could have been made better if they used adult
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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, May 08, 2017
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Seriously: Go Watch Leprechaun in Space.
NickKilburg

The weather here in Iowa has finally shifted over to that lovely late spring style, and I can’t think of a better way to spend the long evenings that seeing the sun set in the River Landing here in Coralville, enjoying some pub quiz at Backpocket Brewing Company. Fortunately, I was joined by some wonderful Geeks Who Drink veterans and Backpocket’s excellent staff. At the outset, our first round included a question about the hard-rock band that sadly lost its lead singer, Lemmy Kilmister, in 2015. Most of the teams got the right answer, Motorhead, but I was also happy to accept Mötörhead; but I’ll point out, for pedantry’s
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Backpocket Brewing Co.
903 Quarry Rd
Coralville, IA
52241
Monday, May 01, 2017
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Why you should stay until the end
TJMcDonald

Hello GWD fans, wow was it a crappy weather weekend in this area. Unfortunately, it did not stop on Monday, but it certainly didn't stop the loyal teams from showing up. I'm sure glad they did too because one of the teams appears to have had an interesting past.   In round 4 I asked "Sex-ed teachers may need to find a new prop, since black sigatoka disease is killing what fruit that's pretty muchall clones?" Most teams probably had no clue what black sigatoka disease is, but the mention of sex-ed teachers and new prop led them to the correct answer of banana. Notice how I said most teams. That's because one of the teams answered with seedless watermelon.   Now,
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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, Apr 24, 2017
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Human Centipede auditions at BackPocket next week
TJMcDonald

OK, judging from the title of this blog you should know this entry will be far from family friendly. Consider that statement your warning. Last night in round 7 we had quite an amusing round. There's a YouTube channel that takes movies and makes musicals out them. The quiz teams had to listen to the clips and figure out what movie they were talking about. One of the clips was for a musical based on Schindlers List so you know anything goes in this round.   Question five was a musical based on the movie The Help. The real key to knowing The Help was the answer was at the end of the clip when they started singing eat my shit. However, if one was not seen the The Help how
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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, Apr 17, 2017
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A New Record
TJMcDonald

As always a solid night at BackPocket. These teams were pretty intelligent last night so I didn't get any ridiculous answers that would allow me to write an easy blog focusing on said ridiculous answer. Instead here are the highlights of the evening.   In Round 1 every answer was a two-word phrase made of five-letter words. Hats off to all teams that gave me two words for every answer and showed they were capable of counting to five. This is not always the case at Geeks Who Drink.   Round 2 involved deciphering song titles and artists from songs that were sung by bad karaoke singers. Though they still weren't as bad as the people that had their office
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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, Apr 10, 2017
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An ode to Fabio
TJMcDonald

OK, I know the first question that has crossed your mind after reading that title. Why after three years of hosting quizzes are you just now writing an ode to Fabio? You should have been doing this every week. I honestly do not have a good answer to that question. All I can do is tell you what inspired me to write one this week.   In round 8 I asked In all-time total domestic box office, name three of the four top-grossing male Hispanic actors... and yeah, they need to have been born in Spain or Latin America. Rather than going with someone like Antonio Banderas or George Lopez one team decided they didn't care if this person looked Hispanic or not. Thus they submitted
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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, Apr 03, 2017
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A new chapter in the Air Bud dynasty
TJMcDonald

Folks, there is greatness and then there is a level above greatness. I do not know what this level is called but I do know that the Air Bud franchise belongs in this group. Last night I asked Besides basketball, name the four sports played by that wacky golden retriever in the original "Air Bud" film series. I don't know about you but it is hard to wrap my head around this idea. Air Bud is not only a master of basketball, but is also a master of four other sports as well.   He masters baseball in Seventh Inning Fetch where he has to master baseball even though his puppies have been kidnapped
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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 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
[Mondays @ 7:00 pm]
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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).