The Alcohol Virgin Adventures

The Alcohol Virgin Adventures 35 years into a great alcohol-free life, what happens when you take the plunge and start drinking and then write about it? Lets find out. RETURNS 2015

For 35 years I never drank alcohol. And by "never drank alcohol" I mean, never tasted, sipped, tried or--as my friends all seem to insist--enjoyed. Why you might ask? Eh, it's not as much of a complicated answer, but a boring answer. I just never had and then never did. But, in my 35th year, in celebration of life, love and tasting a new side of life, I'm going to change this. Starting on 1.1.2012, I'm going to try up to 3 new drinks a week maximum, and then write about them for your enjoyment. I'll try a new alcoholic drink by my own choosing, from a suggestion by you, something inspired or seasonal, or maybe from the whim of a solid bartender. I'm choosing to only have 1 of each drink and then moving on. I'm limiting myself to 3 drinks a week tops and then moving on. I plan on doing this for a year... and then probably moving on. You know it sounds interesting. It'll be like if a baby could blog about the first time they tasted every bit of food, except I'll probably use bigger words and swear more frequently. At least, let's hope.

Mission: To chronicle my every first alcoholic drink for the enjoyment of others.

#mixedfeelings #glugglug
01/03/2015

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12/12/2014

written postings on a blog, monthly video series or podcast? Any votes? I've been told I should actually create a new format... looking for thoughts while I mull my own.

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11/02/2014

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11/02/2014

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03/15/2014

If I made the Adventures a book... would you read it?

04/13/2013

RIP, Blue Banana... 2013. You were the firstdrink ground zero to my insane little 2012 Adventures...

03/17/2013

It occurs to me that maybe in all 200+ drinks, I really didn't give beer a fair shot... Hm. I have some thinking to do...

12/31/2012

Ah. New Year's Eve. Joe and I have headcolds. So I won't be ending this exact year's worth of Adventures with my "final toast", but when have I ever been on time? I'm several drinks behind. I'm several more posts behind. And I'm going into 2013 perfectly fine with that. Inner peace? Laziness? Remember to list a 3rd thing? Exactly. Cheers.

12/27/2012

Welcome new Adventure fans! I've gained 10 new people in 3 days. So either I'm THAT drunk, I'm getting spammed or people are actually starting to read this stuff... I'm probably drunk.

BEHOLD! My first firstdrink creation of my own: I'm calling it a "Christmas Mink" because it's girly, sophisticated and ...
12/25/2012

BEHOLD! My first firstdrink creation of my own: I'm calling it a "Christmas Mink" because it's girly, sophisticated and warm. 2oz cranberry-plum vodka, 1oz amaretto, 1oz sweet&sour a splash of orange juice, a splash of cranberry juice. The "Christmas Mink"...cheers.

Enjoying my first Washington Apple tonight on Christmas Eve w/ Aunt Peggy & Joe. Merry Christmas one and all!
12/25/2012

Enjoying my first Washington Apple tonight on Christmas Eve w/ Aunt Peggy & Joe. Merry Christmas one and all!

Had my first Johnny Walker Red as one of my final 10 drinks with my former college roommate and buddy, Justin King for t...
12/24/2012

Had my first Johnny Walker Red as one of my final 10 drinks with my former college roommate and buddy, Justin King for the Adventure. Catching up on marriage and work, talking sh*t about our college friends and looking forward to the rest our lives. Damn fine night at Ray's in Kent, Ohio. Cheers.

Tried my first Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Strawberry Moonshine as one of my final drinks on the Adventure. Live on D...
12/18/2012
Junior Johnson’s Strawberry Midnight Moonshine...

Tried my first Junior Johnson's Midnight Moon Strawberry Moonshine as one of my final drinks on the Adventure. Live on DC's No Call No Show podcast with Michael & Daniel where we talk about the 'shine, my hangover and the band Creed. Yep. Creed. Enjoy Adventurists. Enjoy.

Junior Johnson’s Strawberry Midnight Moonshine 12.9.2012 The No Call No Show Podcast Does everyone hate their voice on the radio? Yeah? Ok good, then I’m not alone. Auuugh, I hate hearing my wretched...

My first drinks of Bloody Maria and Eggnog. Not together. But yes, on the same day. In fact, the very next day after my ...
12/16/2012
Bloody Maria & Eggnog 12.2.2012 No, not at the...

My first drinks of Bloody Maria and Eggnog. Not together. But yes, on the same day. In fact, the very next day after my barcrawl-boozefest-hangover-a-go-go. Enjoy, they were damn fine drinks as I wrap this baby up...

Bloody Maria & Eggnog 12.2.2012 No, not at the same time; I had them both a few hours apart. Don’t worry. It’s been a while, but if you’ll recall, my last drink prior to these two were during the...

I'm heading over to tape my 2nd and final appearance on the No Call No Show with Michael & Daniel this morning -- some m...
12/09/2012
The No Call No Show - Episode 45: Part I “Budweiser” | The No Call No Show Podcast

I'm heading over to tape my 2nd and final appearance on the No Call No Show with Michael & Daniel this morning -- some morning moonshine and chatting about the end of the Adventure. You check out my first appearance below to see why I had such a great time with these two bartender podcast boys the first time around...

It's getting so internetty in here as Ben Bisbee, the 35-Year-Old Alcohol Virgin stops by the podcast for a massive two-parter! We are drinking a couple of cool bottles of Budweiser (America f**k yeah!)and some Bulleit Bourbon for a chaser as Ben shares with us his motivation and process behind star...

One night. 10 drinks. One massive bar crawl, lots of drunken tails and one massive, first hangover. Enjoy. If I play my ...
12/05/2012
My first Bar Crawl - My first Public Drunkenness -...

One night. 10 drinks. One massive bar crawl, lots of drunken tails and one massive, first hangover. Enjoy. If I play my cards right, it'll be the one and only...

Wait... isn't that what EVERYONE says...?

My first Bar Crawl - My first Public Drunkenness - My first Hangover Hey, so please don’t make me recount ALL the drinks. Some, sure. But all 9-10? I just… I just can’t. Partially because I can’t...

12/04/2012
The pub crawl into hangover blog is coming… not...

I need to build the strength to write my pub crawl into bed crawl into jackhammers-in-my-brain-crawl post... but it's coming.

The pub crawl into hangover blog is coming… not tonight, but it’s coming. Dear lord, I’m going to re-live it for you. Are you happy now?! Well, are you?! Huh?! Jerks.

My first homemade eggnog w/ whiskey... Let the season begin!
12/02/2012

My first homemade eggnog w/ whiskey... Let the season begin!

My first Bloody Maria (made with Tequila) ... mmmm. Brunch.
12/02/2012

My first Bloody Maria (made with Tequila) ... mmmm. Brunch.

12/02/2012

"Enjoying" my first ever hangover and now it's stereotypical cure: brunch & bloodymarys.

We hit 8 of the 10 bars on the Christmas Crawl, plus Krispy Kreme. And I had 9-10 drinks. At least. All time high on the...
12/02/2012

We hit 8 of the 10 bars on the Christmas Crawl, plus Krispy Kreme. And I had 9-10 drinks. At least. All time high on the Adventure. Sleep now. Pray for no hangover. Blog sometime soon. Brunch tomorrow and my first boozy eggnog tomorrow with the Priors for dinner. Stay tuned. PS: yes, I got a kinda drunk. Your prayers were answered. Amen.

Follow me or follow me... literally or digitally. Ah, technology. @35yoAlcoholVirg #twitter
12/02/2012

Follow me or follow me... literally or digitally. Ah, technology. @35yoAlcoholVirg #twitter

4 drinks in... Soooooo many more to go. I'm setting a personal record tonight on the Adventure my friends @35yoAlcoholVi...
12/02/2012

4 drinks in... Soooooo many more to go. I'm setting a personal record tonight on the Adventure my friends @35yoAlcoholVirg on Twitter

TONIGHT: The DC Tacky Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl! And I'll be live tweeting over at @35yoAlcoholVirg if you dare wanna ...
12/01/2012

TONIGHT: The DC Tacky Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl! And I'll be live tweeting over at @35yoAlcoholVirg if you dare wanna follow...

11 is more than 10, right? Because I think I'm probably going to have around 15 final drinks... look, math is hard.
11/29/2012
Try not to be too shocked, but it’s looking like I...

11 is more than 10, right? Because I think I'm probably going to have around 15 final drinks... look, math is hard.

Try not to be too shocked, but it’s looking like I will be adding a few more pours & pounds to my final 10 drinks, which, if you know anything about math, means it’ll be more than 10 final drinks...

My yucky sister, a tasty drink, my first of my final drinking Adventures... Cheers!
11/28/2012
Smirnoff Ice Raspberry Burst The Final 10...

My yucky sister, a tasty drink, my first of my final drinking Adventures... Cheers!

Smirnoff Ice Raspberry Burst The Final 10 Adventures “The Sibling” With my drinking Adventure coming to a close, it was time to kick off my final ten drinks with my oldest sister, Elizabeth. She’s...

Tonight! "The Sibling" drink #1 of #10... and so it begins...
11/24/2012

Tonight! "The Sibling" drink #1 of #10... and so it begins...

11/21/2012

Oh hey, welcome new fans! My first of my final 10 drink blogs coming this weekend! First up: The Sibling.

11/20/2012
Final 10, a preview

The final 10... a little teaser to let you in on the 10+ friends, family and strangers that I'll be ending the blog with... oh hell, what have I done?

Holy crap! The final 10 drinks on the Adventure have been decided! I’ve reached out to just about everyone and barring any changes in the wind or travels, I present to you in no particular order (but...

11/17/2012

HELP: You know me. (Or at least think you do...) I'm planning my last 10 final drinks with 10 individual people from my past & present, sharing stories, a drink, an experience.

What would YOU be interested in reading? Any thoughts or names you think I should be drinking with? I've got 4-5 envisioned, but I'd love advice.

ITS NOT OVER!!! The Final 10... it has been planned. 10 final drinks before Jan 1st, 2013. All new, with friends, family...
11/11/2012
10 To Go: The Final Countdown… ”They speak of my...

ITS NOT OVER!!! The Final 10... it has been planned. 10 final drinks before Jan 1st, 2013. All new, with friends, family and a few strangers. 10 final drinks before I say goodbye to the Adventure.

10 To Go: The Final Countdown… ”They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst.” ~Scottish Proverb Self promotion is kinda gross. I’m not going to lie to you and suggest this year-long...

TONIGHT! At the Blue Banana from 6-9pm!
10/25/2012

TONIGHT! At the Blue Banana from 6-9pm!

10/25/2012

TOMORROW: Yappy Hour at the Blue Banana! Hooooowloween!! 6-9pm bring your dog out in costume for charity!

HALF.PINT.POST: My first Ichabod Pumpkin Ale from NewHolland Brewing. Hanging at the Blue Banana and Jamie served me thi...
10/23/2012

HALF.PINT.POST: My first Ichabod Pumpkin Ale from NewHolland Brewing.

Hanging at the Blue Banana and Jamie served me this little guy. Kinda rough and punchy like an IPA, but with a slight pumpkin fade, spicy, rich and caramely. It has this bite, kick, devoid of sweetness and crazy brassy to the taste. Smells more like fall than tastes like fall.

I am not one of those bitchy people that complains about pumpkin being in everything. I love it. Expect it. Damn near demand it from Sept-Nov. Welcome to the season, people. Get in line or just go home.

But Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is not pumpkin enough for me. It's a perfectly fine beer. Kinda gave me some pumpkin burps, but I didn't "Fall" for it. Whomp-whomp. - Ben

"Is the blog over Ben? What's going on?"  Read on... read on...
10/14/2012
The end?

"Is the blog over Ben? What's going on?" Read on... read on...

“Is the blog over? Where have you been?” No, not yet. Yes I have been quite absent. And yes it’s all drawing to a close. And not just because I’m 36 now. But yeah, I’m getting older and it’s slowing...

A quick blog on my first Bud Light Lime. Next up Oktoberfest and my amazing meeting and firstdrink with Alice Walker... ...
09/30/2012
QUICKIE: Bud Light Lime Oh god. I really like this...

A quick blog on my first Bud Light Lime. Next up Oktoberfest and my amazing meeting and firstdrink with Alice Walker... mindblowing.

QUICKIE: Bud Light Lime Oh god. I really like this beer. And I’m SOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOO far behind on my blogging. Which makes this post bittersweet. I wanted to hate it. It’s f**king Bud Light Lime. A...

09/19/2012

In addition to raising money tomorrow at the Yappy Hour at The Blue Banana DC for the Washington Humane Society with your bar tab, we're inviting everyone to come out and support OPH by bringing towels, sheets, blankets, newspaper, beds, pillows to accomodate the rescued dogs. And don't forget our Bow-Wow Birthday gift bags for the first 30 folks to arrive!

This Thursday! Bow-Wow Birthday at the Yappy Hour at The Blue Banana DC 6-9pm. Check out the details--including gift bag...
09/19/2012
This THURSDAY the 20th at the Blue Banana it’s our...

This Thursday! Bow-Wow Birthday at the Yappy Hour at The Blue Banana DC 6-9pm. Check out the details--including gift bags for the first 30 guests for humans & dogs!

This THURSDAY the 20th at the Blue Banana it’s our 2nd to last Charity Yappy Hour of the year! We’ve raised hundreds for local pet charities and we’re continuing to support the Washington Human...

My first Bud Lime. ...don't give me that look.
09/17/2012

My first Bud Lime. ...don't give me that look.

So, what does it mean to accept your lack of maturity in the form of a drink? Dare to discover the journey... I give you...
09/12/2012
12 year Scotch (clears throat) Webster’s Online...

So, what does it mean to accept your lack of maturity in the form of a drink? Dare to discover the journey... I give you, my first 12yr Scotch.

12 year Scotch (clears throat) Webster’s Online Dictionary defines “sophisticated” as of a person, ideas, tastes, manners, etc. altered by education, experience, etc., so as to be worldly-wise; not...

My first 12yr Scotch. I'm kinda intimidated.
09/11/2012

My first 12yr Scotch. I'm kinda intimidated.

My first Lemondrop Martini. Potentially my last visit to M&S. I'm cool with that, trust me.
09/09/2012
Lemondrop Ah, Friday night. So, to kick off the...

My first Lemondrop Martini. Potentially my last visit to M&S. I'm cool with that, trust me.

Lemondrop Ah, Friday night. So, to kick off the weekend, Joe and I were having a “couples night out” with several of his office work friends and their significant others. Most of the group were...

What happens when you visit the Blue Banana DC, get an original drink made from a mixture of Hubert's Cherry Limeade and...
09/08/2012
[ _______________ ] One of the greater pleasures...

What happens when you visit the Blue Banana DC, get an original drink made from a mixture of Hubert's Cherry Limeade and housemade cherry-infused Southern Comfort that will silently knock your socks off and needs as name? You read this post and help a brother out. Cheers!

[ _______________ ] One of the greater pleasures in spending a certain amount of time at the Blue Banana is owner Jamie’s interest in my drinking journey. This interest spans from being the gracious...

I attempted to re-live that first day of school feeling by attending an end-of-summer party where I didn't know anyone a...
09/03/2012
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Fall If August snuck up on...

I attempted to re-live that first day of school feeling by attending an end-of-summer party where I didn't know anyone and drinking a fall drink. I went to public school. Nuff said.

Woodchuck Hard Cider - Fall If August snuck up on me like a Ninja, September was more like a surprise party: just as unsuspecting, but a little more welcoming and ends with more partying and less...

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A little about me. In my circle of friend and family, I'm known for lots of things: my humor and wit,a lack of modesty, a deep love for food, a passion for hard work, a strong belief in social ethics, my great hair and not having ever tasted or drank beer, wine or alcohol. I'm from Ohio but now live in Washington, DC, am a non-profit professional by trade, a part-time writer, and married to a great man with two dependent cats. My turn-ons are great meals, solid obscure comedy, reality TV cooking shows, pug puppies, professional (and non-professional) massages and tonic water with lime. My turn-offs are boring conversations, white children, musicals, candle stores and smoking. This drink-induced writing adventure is just the challenge I need in 2012. And... you, my friends, family and fans get to enjoy every moment shared. And for that, I'm kinda sorry. So get ready.

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