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Brew Review: Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA and Texas Hold 'Em

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Poker is a strange beast.

People behave differently when in addition to competing for glory there's a bit of money involved. They get almost religious about certain little customs and superstitious behaviors. You've got the guy who shuffles chips cause he believes it'll intimidate the competition. Then you've got the bloke who plays low cards all the time because he believes they hold a special power just for him.

As for me, when I play a game of Texas Hold 'Em, I make sure that I drink a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA one hour before I play. I know it seems a little neurotic to drink the same beer one hour before I play, but the results are enough for me to keep up my silly tradition.

More than that, Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA is delicious so any excuse to drink one is valid in my opinion.

Tastes: Hoppy and alcoholic. The 120 Minute IPA's alcohol taste is overwhelming. The 90 is less so though still very much present. Luckily the strong flavor of hops covers up much of it, leading to a balanced, strong taste.

I get mine: usually at Tops Liquor whereyou can buy a couple of bottles instead of a whole pack. It's currently on tap right next door at Taste of Tops along with Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale (which is not my favorite).

Goes with: loosening up before a poker game. Here's the real secret behind my strategy: drinking one an hour before takes the edge off and allows you to play relaxed. While other players are downing beers hand-over-fist or even pushing harder fluids, I'm centered and ready to play up to my full potential.

Verdict: It's no bluff that Dogfish Head's 90 is my refreshment of choice before a big game. Try it out and see if your poker game doesn't improve. If it doesn't work you could always consider wearing a few pairs of sunglasses.

Happy drinking!

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