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So what'ya drink instead?

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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by MT Glass » 21 Jun 2019 21:20

The key with many AF beers is to have them very cold almost freezing.I have becks blue with ice in pubs as its not normally cold enough.

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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Luna_ » 25 Jun 2019 23:08

Ah yes MT good tip.
Some of my first sober periods were spent guzzling AF beers - but probably lukewarm (I dont like ice cold beer) and so I seriously went off them.

Just had another lovely evening out with an exam committee - and had strong ginger beer on lots of ice. It was absolutely spot on. The rest were sipping small bottled IPAs which just seems pointless to me, so I am happy to be rewiring my brain on that score.

I love coming home knowing I havent done/said anything stupid and conducted myself appropriately. Given lifts home to those on my way and generally feeling fine.

Those 5-10 minute pangs dont mean anything at the end of the day - but the alternative would, that's for sure...

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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Shadowlad » 09 Jul 2019 10:24

I had the most awful tasting lime and soda in a scruffy little pub my dad took me in yesterday. It tasted like washing up liquid. I need to teach my dear dad some class, i don't usually 'do' scruffy (though friendly) pubs ! (w) :lol:
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by SoberBoots » 09 Jul 2019 19:00

Topcat wrote:
27 May 2019 17:10
I discovered a small bottle (2 x 125ml glasses) of decent alcohol free red today. It's usually infuriatingly difficult to find those little bottles with anything worth drinking in them. M&S Merlot at £1.70 is something I would recommend. All the heart health benefits of red wine without the alcohol and it doesn't taste like second rate vinegar.
I haven't been able to find that one Topcat, and it doesn't seem to be online. Have you got one of those mega M&S stores nearby that you got it from?
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Topcat » 09 Jul 2019 20:21

Just a regular size M&S SB.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Pork » 10 Jul 2019 19:36

Small glass of morphine.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by SoberBoots » 13 Jul 2019 16:10

I tried a non-alcoholic "shrub" with a pub lunch earleir, and rather liked it http://www.nonsuchshrubs.com/
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Ruby&Tilly » 13 Jul 2019 23:10

SoberBoots wrote:
13 Jul 2019 16:10
I tried a non-alcoholic "shrub" with a pub lunch earleir, and rather liked it http://www.nonsuchshrubs.com/
They look lovely SB, the price would put me off though.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by SoberBoots » 14 Jul 2019 10:10

Ruby&Tilly wrote:
13 Jul 2019 23:10
SoberBoots wrote:
13 Jul 2019 16:10
I tried a non-alcoholic "shrub" with a pub lunch earleir, and rather liked it http://www.nonsuchshrubs.com/
They look lovely SB, the price would put me off though.
Mine was bought for me, but think it was about £4.00 - favourable, when compared to wine.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by SoberBoots » 21 Jul 2019 19:41

I've tried the new Lindeman's range over the weekend, but a bottle of the red (Cabernet Sauvignon) on Friday, and a bottle of the sparkly today, and both are pretty good. I bought them in Asda.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by smudge » 24 Jul 2019 03:23

I struggled for years trying to find something I liked to drink when I was out and about in pubs and restaurants. I got absolutely fed up to the back teeth of drinking sweet tasting drinks containing sugar or high fructose corn syrup or some other stuff which isn't really sugar or artificial sweeteners. I also got fed up of fizzy stuff too, with the exception of sparkling water.

So, in the end I decided to give up on the sweet fizzy stuff and drink something I actually liked - nowadays, if it's available, I order tea. It gets me some startled looks, I will admit, but I'm not bothered what people think of my drinking choices any more. If I can't have tea I usually drink sparkling water.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Naughty little newt » 24 Jul 2019 07:06

Hello Smudge :D
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Topcat » 24 Jul 2019 09:37

Good to see you Smudge <:)> I like nothing better than a strong cup of coffee me...hmmmmm :D
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by smudge » 24 Jul 2019 14:09

Naughty little newt wrote:
24 Jul 2019 07:06
Hello Smudge :D
Hey there Newt! \:)/ Lovely to see you. :\:
Topcat wrote:
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Good to see you Smudge <:)> I like nothing better than a strong cup of coffee me...hmmmmm :D
Hi Topcat. <:)> Good to see you too. \:)/ I have coffee with breakfast but very rarely after that. I have so much trouble with insomnia that I tend to avoid too much caffeine after breakfast.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Shadowlad » 24 Jul 2019 16:08

Hey there Smudge ! :\: <:)>
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Sheila » 24 Jul 2019 16:19

Hi Smudge :\:
Good to see you, I hope you’re keeping well <:)>

I’m another who likes a nice cuppa ;)?
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by smudge » 25 Jul 2019 15:09

Shadowlad wrote:
24 Jul 2019 16:08
Hey there Smudge ! :\: <:)>
Hi Shadowlad, long time no see. Hope you are well and happy. I like your doggy avatar. It always used to be horses, if I remember correctly. <:)>
Sheila wrote:
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Hi Smudge :\:
Good to see you, I hope you’re keeping well <:)>

I’m another who likes a nice cuppa ;)?
Hi Sheila. Yes, I'm fairly well thank you. Still got major issues with my memory, and its getting worse with age. I also used to be a logical creature (in the dim and distant past I was a computer programmer), but now I'm as thick as a plank. ;)

Hope you are keeping well too. \:)/
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by martha » 25 Jul 2019 16:54

I bought a nice bottle of sugar free/low carb elderflower presse today from M&S. It's very refreshing and sparkly :D
I noticed they also have an AF gin and tonic, but I'm already fond of the Tesco version.
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Shadowlad » 26 Jul 2019 15:00

Thanks Smudge, yes am well thanks. The avatar is my doggie, though i must admit i'm getting itchy feet to go back to the horsey avatars ;)?

Hope you are ok too xx
martha wrote:
25 Jul 2019 16:54
I bought a nice bottle of sugar free/low carb elderflower presse today from M&S. It's very refreshing and sparkly :D
I might give this a try martha, sounds nice ;)?
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Re: So what'ya drink instead?

Post by Naughty little newt » 28 Jul 2019 12:14

I've noticed my memory's starting to get a bit iffy as the years go by too Smudge but I'm fine with that, the more I forget the less I've got to worry about ;)
Chin up and brew up

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