Saturday, December 18, 2010

Olde School Barleywine 2010 Burial

No, it's not a funeral, folks! Today I followed through with the Plan B recommendation on the back of the Dogfish Head Olde School Barleywine bottle. Remember, Plan A was to drink the beer. This one suggests walking into the woods, digging a hole, burying the beer and returning a year later.

Embalmed
Since there are really no woods near where I live, I racked my brain for some alternatives. There is a military base across the street that has plenty of space and is never used. Unfortunately, there is a chain link fence with federal trespass warnings posted on it. There are some other open areas, but I need some cover if I'm going to dig a random hole, and these areas provide none of that. Plus my community property manager is less than forgiving about anything, so I'm guessing burying treasure is not cool.



RIP
So I decided just to do it in my own back yard garden, in an area that I'd be sure not to hit any utilities, chancing electrocution or prosecution. There was a plant in the spot where I buried the beer in the past so I knew I was OK.

Damn, digging a hole here is hard! When they built this community six years ago, it started as an empty rocky desert. Well that desert still exists just below the surface. Two x Two hole, Three feet deep? Not here, though I probably got at least two feet deep. Another pitfall I had to be careful about was all of the fairly large rocks crashing back in on the bottle. Finally, I put the mulch back on it, all in less time than it took for my wife to blow dry her hair. And the rain that's coming down now should make it look like there was never a hole dug today. Perfect timing.

Evidence Gone. Treasure Map Made.
Now, which of you want the responsibility of reminding me next December 18 to dig this thing up? I'm not sure I can go it alone. Thanks for your support!

This post is dedicated to another member of the #FlaBrew Twitter crowd, Crazy Cat Lady Amie up in Gainesville. She's a home brewer and lover of great beers. And she actually offered to flirt with any arresting officers to try to help me beat any trouble I might encounter during this burying process. Luckily, it never came to that!

Buried Treasures You Can Find: Over 7500 Locations in All 50 States (Treasure Hunting Text)

Fiskars 9668 Long Handle Digging Shovel

Olde School -- East Village Opera Company

9 comments:

JayZeis said...

I wonder how many people followed direction #2? I wouldn't doubt that you are one of the few.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yeah, that's why I did it. But make no mistake that I also followed Direction #1, except for the sharing part.

Kevin said...

Awesome! Exactly the type of off-centered thinking that goes perfectly with their beer.

Lost said...

This is absolutely fantastically awesome. Amusing read too. Great pictures.

-Lost

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Thanks Kevin and Lost. I like to pretend I work for Dogfish sometimes. I think I'd fit in. :)

Mike said...

Very nice. You'll have to tell us how it turns out!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Mike. Maybe you can come up and watch the ground breaking ceremony, then drink it with me.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Did you ever dig it up?

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Yes, I dug it up a year later, as instructed. http://www.dailybeerreview.com/2011/12/olde-school-emerges-from-tomb.html And then promptly drank it! http://www.dailybeerreview.com/2011/12/olde-school-barleywine-2010-after-year.html

Also, I've reburied something else each year for a few years. There should be a few Olde Schools back there now!