The Laptop In The Ale House


I was actually at a bar last night. But this wasn’t your typical dive or sports bar that has a flat screen at every corner.

My dad and I journeyed up to the Benson neighborhood in North Omaha to take care of some important business as we do every other Wednesday. For the past year my dad has been a consultant to two new restaurants in the neighborhood, Baxter’s and Lot 2 as the owners were interested in having their own house-made beers on tap. My dad is a former Homebrewer of the Year and we will be opening up our own brewery in the next few months. (Side note: I will be happy to answer other questions about my brewing venture, but I’ll do it in the comments section or e-mail if my colleagues prefer. Just don’t want to ramble).

Oct 30, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; The Boston Red Sox react after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

After we finished racking beer (transferring from fermenter to kegs and pressurizing with CO2), we went next door to Krug Park as we always do. Krug Park is a craft beer bar that my dad and I frequent. But they have a little niche: NO TVs! It’s got the old-time tavern feel where people actually have to socialize with one another, kind of like the sitcom “Cheers” (ironic huh?)

Luckily, one of the bartenders had brought his or her laptop to work and was streaming the game online. So I was able to enjoy the best of both worlds (not rushing the Krug Park experience but still be able to view the game).

I have to admit I was a little nervous when John Lackey ran into trouble in the seventh inning. But luckily they were able to escape the inning with minimal damage (only the one earned run). That was the last time the Cards really threatened.

We had the game on the radio in the eighth as we made the drive home. I was back at home when the final out was made.

This team was just an absolute joy to watch this year. It’s sad to see it end. But if it has to end, there’s no better way for it to end than with a World Series victory.