How much alcohol should one bring?

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Sail Man » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:31 am

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We gift gate a fifth of tequila.
Bring a wide variety of both canned beer for roaming about, and bottled for at camp.
And a nice selection of booze and mixers for when the beer just ain't cutting it.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby teardropper » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:48 pm

How much liquor is like 'how much does it cost to go to BM' or what size pack. Depends. How much will you drink? Start with that. Then, will you share with campmates? Add that. And, will you be making new friends? That's the wild card. Bring as much as you can carry and afford, and, of course, about twice as much mixer as you think you'll need. I have a little bar behind my bowling alley and bring a full bar, lots of everything. Still bring some back, though, so I don't consider it a success. Must give away all liquor. Well, I try.

I brought a bunch of whole milk and half and half and made White Russians on Tuesday night. Too tough to refrigerate much longer. Gave away about 4 gallons or so. Kinda' surprised me, but hey...
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby darcitananda » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:26 pm

Kinda late to this thread, but last year we brought extra liquor and actually had a hard time giving it away (actually still have it in a cabinet for this year). However, we brought coffee, and our campmates pretty much annihilated our coffee and milk supply in just a couple days. This year I will bring a TON of coffee and milk and sugar and way less liquor.

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Re: How much "medicinal purposes only" should one bring?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:35 pm

a quarter pound, approximately.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby SquirrelHead » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:30 pm

I see a lot of people saying that glass isn't really something you want to bring with you if you can help it. I am assuming that people make an exception for the handles of good alcohol and are just prepared (broom and dustpan) in case there is an issue. Is that right? I mean I guess I could transfer it to a pitcher with a screw on lid but that makes drinks for neighbors a little worrisome for the neighbors.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:38 pm

And could get you in trouble for driving with open containers in the car.
Some people do bring glass bottles. If you chose to, please prepare yourself not only with dustpan and broom, but with sponge that can be wet to pick up slivers. Try and open over carpet or oilcloth. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but the absolute idea is not to make someone else pick up your garbage that you brought despite the advice. Picking up all the crap left on playa is manditory for the permit, and is done by people who love the event so much that they stay weeks late making up for our carelessness.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby ygmir » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:45 pm

probably, bottom line (IMHO) is:

bring what you want, however you want.....just don't be a shit heel ,clean up after yourself.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby illy dilly » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:05 pm

SquirrelHead wrote:I see a lot of people saying that glass isn't really something you want to bring with you if you can help it. I am assuming that people make an exception for the handles of good alcohol and are just prepared (broom and dustpan) in case there is an issue. Is that right? I mean I guess I could transfer it to a pitcher with a screw on lid but that makes drinks for neighbors a little worrisome for the neighbors.

My personal experience, so for what its worth, I've never 'accidentally' broken a handle on anything but concrete or a rock. I've never had a problem camping. I've dropped bottles in my kitchen and never had a problem.
The play is hard, but after you've been walking in the same area for a while, it will get a bit softer.

Thats not to say that a bottle wont break and you should be prepared. But don't let it stop you from bring a glass bottle of liquor.

I think the general idea about glass is to stay away from glass beer bottles. Partially because they take up a lot of space to pack out.
For 2011, we took an old bucket with twist/locking lid that chlorine comes in. Its very similar to a 5 gallon bucket from home depot, but has a 'child safe' locking lid. We cut a semi-round hole/flap, looked more like a C, but left one side of the flap attached so it could fold back. Then fed the handle of a sledge through the whole, with the hammer portion in the bucket. We'd put beer bottles in there then smash them. That week we drank 4 cases of Cider and another 4 cases of Corona, and only had to carry out one case of beer bottles. The champagne bottles were a bitch to break though.
Then duct tapped the flap shut, packed it up and took it home. It was really heavy by the time it was full.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:08 pm

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby danibel » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:30 pm

Some good tips on this thread for sure. Thanks.

I bring a 30 pack of Modelo, a bottle of tequila for my flask and margaritas, and bottle of kahlua. This year my boyfriend brought a bottle of vodka as well, and we mixed up white russians. My beer barely lasted so this year I will bring more. The tequila and vodka were in glass and it made me nervous to have them, but we were just very careful.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Aurora_BassHead » Thu Mar 22, 2012 7:36 pm

definately some good ideas!

for me its beer and rum....so i'll be bringing in the good stuff(in my opinion) from Canada, buying some cheaper stuff in Reno to drink later and in the day and to share....and then a big bottle of rum for my flask and for nights.

by the way.....I have a question for people from the area. whats a good brand of rum to buy? something other than captain morgan's or bacardi. :)

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:10 pm

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby AntiM » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:14 am

Yes, Kraken!

I also like Ciclon, if you can find it. Good at playa temps.
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Dr. Pyro » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:03 am

I'm a little partial to Myers Dark myself. Appleton's makes a pretty good dark rum as well.

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Lassen Forge » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:08 am

I rather like Havana Club Añejo, tho it's damn hard to get here... Has that fresh-cane-rum flavor in an añejo rum... hard combo to find, without the price of a 10-cane rum.

(Then again, having it couriered in brings the cost to that 10 cane price... ;( )

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby VultureChow » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:30 am

Silly question, but with all the PnP talk going on, I took a look at the BRC weekly that Eric(I think) posted a link to and the article there mentions Liquor companies sponsoring some bars. I was thinking of bringing (shipping really) a case of small bottles (200ml) of a Ukrainian honey pepper vodka that I've grown quite addicted to to give out as gifts. Will people think I'm pimping the brand?
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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby shykat » Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:32 am

VultureChow wrote:Silly question, but with all the PnP talk going on, I took a look at the BRC weekly that Eric(I think) posted a link to and the article there mentions Liquor companies sponsoring some bars. I was thinking of bringing (shipping really) a case of small bottles (200ml) of a Ukrainian honey pepper vodka that I've grown quite addicted to to give out as gifts. Will people think I'm pimping the brand?



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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby Savannah » Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:41 pm

VultureChow wrote:Silly question, but with all the PnP talk going on, I took a look at the BRC weekly that Eric(I think) posted a link to and the article there mentions Liquor companies sponsoring some bars. I was thinking of bringing (shipping really) a case of small bottles (200ml) of a Ukrainian honey pepper vodka that I've grown quite addicted to to give out as gifts. Will people think I'm pimping the brand?


Probably not. I give away 2-3 oz bottles all the time without covering the labels and have never gotten any flack, because they're just little treats, I'm not running a booth or mass-distributing them or anything--same with a juice box or a can of soda or beer--but you totally could cover labels if you wanted to. You could also crack one open and serve it and not display the bottle; 200ml could serve two people a few oz apiece.

I have a fond memory of sharing some ginger vodka with a few people gathered under a shelter during a rain storm in 2010.

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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby VultureChow » Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:18 pm

Savannah wrote:
VultureChow wrote:Silly question, but with all the PnP talk going on, I took a look at the BRC weekly that Eric(I think) posted a link to and the article there mentions Liquor companies sponsoring some bars. I was thinking of bringing (shipping really) a case of small bottles (200ml) of a Ukrainian honey pepper vodka that I've grown quite addicted to to give out as gifts. Will people think I'm pimping the brand?


Probably not. I give away 2-3 oz bottles all the time without covering the labels and have never gotten any flack, because they're just little treats, I'm not running a booth or mass-distributing them or anything--same with a juice box or a can of soda or beer--but you totally could cover labels if you wanted to. You could also crack one open and serve it and not display the bottle; 200ml could serve two people a few oz apiece.

I have a fond memory of sharing some ginger vodka with a few people gathered under a shelter during a rain storm in 2010.


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Re: How much alcohol should one bring?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:48 am

tulip wrote:How much you drink per day?

On vacation. Regular alcohol intake may or may not be a useful guide.
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