You know what makes beer even more fun? Board games! I know that sounds super dorky but hey, I’m kind of a dork. I’m not talking about Monopoly or Parcheesi or Clue. I’m talking about Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, King of Tokyo, Puerto Rico, Pandemic, and other games that require thoughtful strategy, careful planning, and loads of competitive trash talking. For the past several months my family and I have been playing board games and drinking beer (and the occasional mixed drink). It’s something we bond over. We all love just hanging out playing games and drinking some good craft beer.
What got us into board games? We can lay most of the blame on Wil Wheaton. That’s right. The actor who played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Sheldon Cooper’s arch nemesis in the Big Bang Theory. Wil hosts a YouTube show called Table Top that features a different board game in every episode. They go over how to play and show you a game. It’s educational and entertaining as it also features different celebrity guests. It’s really what got us started playing board games, and I recommend it to everyone.
It turns out Wil Wheaton is also a huge beer geek and home brewer. Who knew we had so much in common? You would not believe my excitement when word got out that Wil Wheaton was collaborating with Stone Brewing Company and Fark’s Drew Curtis to make a beer! We waited for what felt like forever to get our hands on it, and it was so worth it. Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is delicious. It’s a boozy 13% but it goes down easy. It has a lovely bitter coffee flavor that’s perfect for sipping while strategizing your next move against your opponents in Puerto Rico.
I’m not sure if the beer made the game more fun or if the game made the beer taste better. Maybe it was both, but I have to say it is quite fun to drink a beer that feels like it was made but to be enjoyed while rolling some dice!