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Oct. 24 | Keep that brew handy for the World Series
IT HAS BEEN 28 long years since Philadelphia savored the Phillies' one and only world championship. That means if you are under 40, you have no idea of how to properly celebrate (Wing Bowl does not count).
At the risk of completely jinxing the home team, and in the interest of public safety, allow me to offer Joe Sixpack's World Series Survival Guide.
What to drink
Drink beer. This is a no-brainer, of course, because from the Ballantine scoreboard to the Milwaukee Brewers, baseball equals beer. Spray all the Champagne you want, just don't put the bottle to your mouth. Honestly, why celebrate America's pastime with a product made in France (or, worse, California)?
Don't drink anything made in Florida. This includes orange juice, Geritol and Yuengling that is bottled in (gasp!) Tampa. Luckily, the Yuengling served in Philly is brewed in Pottsville, Pa.
Drink a sixtel. It's a mini keg that contains a little more than two cases - just enough for you and a few friends to polish off during a game. All you need is a bucket of ice, a party pump and a bunch of cups. Keep it cold, and the beer will stay fresh till Game 7 (if necessary). It's even light enough to take on the road. They're available at specialty distributors throughout the region.
Drink local. Supporting the home team doesn't just mean wearing a red cap. This is a moment for Philadelphia pride. This week, you need to be eating scrapple for breakfast, Tastykakes for dessert and a locally made craft beer during the game. Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Flying Fish, Stoudt's, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Dogfish Head and the aptly named Victory should be filling your fridge.
Where to drink
If you're headed to the game:
If you're serious about the game:
If you're serious about the beer:
If you're serious about the beer and the game:
How to celebrate
Drinking games. Take a hit every time:
Be creative. Design your own Phillies championship label and glue it to one of your bottles. Guaranteed, it will become a cherished keepsake while you wait . . . and wait for the next Phillies trophy.
Immediately after the final out, head to the nearest busy corner. Don't worry, the crowd will show up. In 1980, police estimated there were no fewer than 25 separate locations in the city with crowds of at least 5,000 fans. Some of the top hot spots:
Obey the cops. The police are fans, but they will not be amused if you decide to shimmy up a light pole. In '80, there were more than 100 arrests, mainly for robbery and assault. You really don't want to wake up in a holding cell.
Do not be tempted to remove any articles of clothing. Unless you have some desire to become one of those jackass Internet celebrities.
Know when to go home. Celebrations take a dangerous turn about 2 hours after the last out. Some idiot tosses a bottle, someone pulls a knife, a mob tries to overturn a SEPTA bus. It only gets uglier. You'll have plenty of time to scream your lungs out at the parade.