The British are coming! The British are coming!

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January 8, 2013 by knoxbeerdinosaur

Well, I spent New Years Eve with at least one Brit. NYE went from a quiet dinner, a beer and a movie to many beers and a total blast. The plan was to eat a nice dinner at Sapphire, then stop by Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern for a beer or two then head home to watch “The Artist” and call it a night. Well, none of that happened.

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I arrived at Sapphire and ordered a Guinness with a plan to have the veggie burger. It turns out they were having a huge NYE party (duh) and had a limited menu which did not include said veggie burger. Oh well, Guinness is a good appetizer. I then got a text from Matt and Saundra. They were coming downtown and had a hotel room for the night. I suspected right then that things might get a little crazier than I had originally planned. Being a downtown dino, I have learned to be flexible with my plans.

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I walked around the Square trying to figure out where to grab a quick meal that would be a good base for possibly a little too much beer. Soccer Taco seemed like a good choice and the bar had a couple of open seats. I did indeed get my belly full and had a Dos Equis Amber and Pacifico Clara, the latter of which was better than I thought it would be!

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Next I headed to Suttree’s to snag a table. There was already a small crowd gathering. You definitely got a NYE vibe from the crowd. I started out the evening with a couple of Terrapin Beer Company Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stouts. Excellent choice. This is a great beer with a coffee nose. It had a nice bitter taste and a great dark chocolate flavor. I might have had one later in the evening but can’t be sure.

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My friends showed up and I couldn’t help showing off my shadow animal skills. Yes, I know it’s only a dino but I am balancing upside down on an Atwater Vanilla Java Porter.

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The night was in full swing when Matt magically appeared at the table with a bottle of champagne and glasses on hand. We all got very excited. For some reason (probably all of the beer I had consumed) it never even occurred to me to have the NYE toast with champagne. It was VERY good champagne and I want to thank Matt for thinking of our group. Our numbers had dwindled as some of the younger members went to Market Square to watch the ball drop.

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Ol’ Saccy was perfectly happy to stay in the warmth of Suttree’s. The countdown was very exciting and we had kisses and a festive toast to welcome the New Year. It was great. The rest of the pics are random and feature some of the hairless primates that I enjoy spending time with. My camera crew was getting a little crazy so some of the pictures are not great but you get the idea.

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Midnight kiss!

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Matt and Saundra celebrating the New Year!

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Ratchet and Katie looking fabulous!

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Ol’ Saccy even scored a kiss from Saundra. You can check out her awesome blog here: Miss Teacher. I look forward to her posts!

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Brooklyn Brewery Local 2. Ratchet chose this Belgian Strong Dark Ale and shared. It was delicious and just what I needed…more beer.

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Saundra looking cute in the 2013 glasses. No idea where they came from but we all tried them on at least once.

2013 definitely arrived with a bang and the evening couldn’t have been more perfect. Thanks to everyone for making it such an awesome evening.

“Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired” — Brigitte Bardot

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