Beer-thirty at work?

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  1. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,688) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    We have a Beer-thirty about once a month or so. Usually a Friday. We close up a couple of hours early. Sometimes we lock the office doors and open something in the conference room. Sometimes we go across the street to the steakhouse.
    We don't collect money, it is always on the boss's tab.
  2. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,524) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Or a little old to still be in 8th grade.
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  3. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    we drank lagunitas and carved pumpkins last year. That was pretty sweet.
  4. Andygirl

    Andygirl Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    My boss would take a nap in the afternoon because he drank so much at lunch. I don't think I bought myself a drink for 6 years. Either my boss would pay, or someone would expense me. This was my "fine wine and bourbon" era.
  5. premierpro

    premierpro Disciple (384) Mar 21, 2009 Michigan

    I have a fridge in my office. Beer thirty starts whenever I want it!
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  6. Chris77McGrath

    Chris77McGrath Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2013 Ohio

    Jealous, we use to get together after work and drink quite often. Things are changing.
  7. SkeeterBoganski

    SkeeterBoganski Devotee (487) Feb 25, 2012 Colorado
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    I'm sure other remote workers (remokers) can attest that 'beer-thirty' is actually a difficult test to pass on a daily basis.
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  8. ColForbinBC

    ColForbinBC Poo-Bah (1,969) Sep 9, 2005 New Jersey
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    The department in the hospital I used to work at had "Liver Rounds" every other month or so. Not so much at my new hospital.
  9. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,093) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    My beer :30 is at 11:30am if we have a staff meeting, 12:30pm on normal days. ;-)
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  10. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,808) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    As a teacher or student? :wink:
  11. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (1,808) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I recently retired, and the first thing I noticed was that I don't know what day of the week it is anymore (nor do I care), and the second thing I noticed is that I don't really look at clocks anymore. I could fill in the ??:30 with any number that I want, but I generally choose a number with a PM after it.

    Keep the faith, all of you, you'll get there someday. :grinning:
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  12. beerandcycling88

    beerandcycling88 Initiate (0) May 13, 2010 Washington

    That would be nice to drink at work. Sadly where I work most people drive forklifts and moto jacks and stuff so sobriety is a must.
  13. daryk77

    daryk77 Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2005 District of Columbia
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    Enjoying a beer :30 ( I guess not technically :30, beer :02?) as we speak.
  14. Eriktheipaman

    Eriktheipaman Savant (971) Sep 4, 2010 California
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    I have a beer thirty almost everyday at my job. Well most of the time it's wine but still...
  15. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    My bf's job has two owners that are beer nuts and home brewers, so every now and then the bosses will bring in a few samples. Also, whenever there's some sort of gathering (usually if someone is leaving) they go out to lunch and are allowed to drink. I'm jealous. I guess they used to drink more in the office but they cracked down on it.

    As for my job, I can't drink on the clock but we've had a few after hours gatherings. I happen to work right behind a local brewery so when the weather gets nice, I plan to start biking to work and sometimes grab a beer later when it's still light enough out to bike home.
  16. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,131) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Alcohol is not allowed on any company property. Having alcohol on company ground will get one fired (homebrew smuggling is a fun sport). There are no official rules if you go out at lunch and pay out of pocket, but I reckon if one returned a little in the bag they'd be fired - actually I know this. When on the company dime, for us peons there is a strict limit on business lunches and dinners and you have to provide an itemized receipt (which is not impossible to avoid, you just won't get reimbursed). As anyone who's been around a while knows, it totally depends on who you are how strictly the rules are enforced. I have certainly witnessed multiple bottles of high-end wine and expensive mixed drinks at some meals that would get me in the bean counters' office for a pee-pee slap if it was my dinner bill.

    We used to have groups get together for happy hours. People were silly enough to put the "happy hour at..." invites on corporate e-mail - strike one. Some dumbass paid for the entire afternoon's festivities on his corporate AmEx and tried to get reimbursed - strike two. Some total out of control moron got stopped and rung up on a DUI - game over.

    It has started again under the guise of "network building", "work/life balance", and "creating a more sociable work environment". No invites are issued on company systems, but hardly under the radar. It will last until some overly zealous dickwad gets stopped again or gets in a wreck (or worse).
  17. wonderbread23

    wonderbread23 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2009 New York

    This was a near weekly occurrence in my old office (architecture field). I knew of other offices that had a similar policy (also in architecture). One of the perks that makes up for low-pay, long hours, and plenty of high stress :slight_smile:
  18. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,408) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    FTFY. kidding
  19. dickieb

    dickieb Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2006 Rhode Island

    The fire department frowns upon the beer thirty, however the second we get out the bar across the street fills up awfully quick after a rough shift.
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  20. Giantspace

    Giantspace Zealot (513) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    No alcohol allowed on premise. Any company party it's pay as you go for drinks, all off site. If you do anything that appears that you are under the influence you can be tested on the spot. Coming in hung over can get you canned. 1/10th of the legal limit and you no longer have a job.

    In my past life I worked across the street from Boulder beer in Boulder Co. We had beers with lunch. Very laid back and super cool and awesome ownership. The Boulder beer guys were cool too.

  21. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    Used to have a regular Friday lunch at a local Mexian joint with some good Ontario craft on tap. Unfortunately they sold and are redoing the concept. :slight_frown:
    Had the largest tequila selection I've ever seen. At least a hundred different ones. :sunglasses:
  22. raczkowski

    raczkowski Disciple (324) May 16, 2011 Florida
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    I'm a teacher and football coach. Obviously the coaches will get together on weekends after scrimmages to bury the hatchet as well as after games on Friday nights. Typically the guys come over to my palace and will drink the lightest beer in my fridge. I keep Macro in there for this reason. Our school
    Is on 4x4 block schedule so as a younger teacher and to hang out with the older teachers that don't coach, I have adopted what I call 5th period which I do on grid has every now and then. The teachers will
    Come over and we will have a couple beers and just BS for a couple hours until they go home. I provide the beer and liquor
    But I feel I am paying homage to these elder Teachers who showed me the ropes early on in my teaching career. I have so much beer there little amount they drink does not put a dent in my stash and I usually busy out 1 bomber of good beer...

    I really think this concept of hanging out and getting away from your job promotes positive energy in corporations. I know google
    Does something where their employees have a break with hammocks and video games employees can play on their break and it has turned out to be a positive experience. Too many times people go to work, then just go home without spending time with their coworkers. I think having time to unwind and get out of the workplace really builds relationships and commraderie with the employees.
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  23. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,408) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Your company. Awesome.
  24. Mississipping

    Mississipping Devotee (484) Mar 16, 2010 North Carolina
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    In 2008 I started working for a couple of guys who now have a nation-wide business, which will remained unnamed. I was the second employee they hired and, being a very small operation, they treated us quite well. The loft above our office had a foosball table, pin-pong, flat screen TVs, a kitchen, and sectionals to relax on during breaks. Just about every Friday, we'd run down to the local beer shop at lunch, grab some beer (I grabbed craft and they grabbed BMC), and we'd put a couple back at the office during the afternoon ... or head to the lake to drink and wakeboard. This was in a large midwest city, so I had some exceptional beer to choose from. The company is much, much larger now, and for obvious reasons no longer allows alcohol on company properties. The guys were great, the job was one of a kind, and the beer:30s were a blast!
  25. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Initiate (0) Jul 15, 2011 Michigan

    I'm lucky enough to work with several other BA's. Beer fridge in my office gets put to good use.
  26. MammaGoose

    MammaGoose Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Wyoming thirty was wonderful!!! It started, of course, about an hour earlier than it was supposed to, lol. There's something about cracking open brews that puts everyone on an even playing field. The maintenance guy, the bench chemist lab techs, the scientists (me), and the managers. I shared my homebrews which everyone seemed to like. One of my good work friends, who is not much of a beer drinker but a BMC-er when she is, loves coffee and she really enjoyed our coffee stout homebrew. There were some Blue Moons (meh...), I brought the SN Torpedo which I thoroughly enjoyed, and we had a good time.

    Employee morale is pretty major as far as company productivity goes. Beer thirty is a huge morale boost :slight_smile:
  27. Baab200

    Baab200 Aspirant (272) Jan 9, 2013 New York
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    But the rest of the world acts like we just get to sit around all day, do nothing, maybe take a nap, ear some doughnuts, then collect a pay check.

    I know we would get fired on the spot even if we brought a beer into the building to give to a co-worker
  28. Baab200

    Baab200 Aspirant (272) Jan 9, 2013 New York
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    Could you please tell my boss this?
  29. mborden

    mborden Initiate (172) Jan 28, 2009 New York

    Speak of the devil. My boss is a homebrewer (as am I) and at 4pm he called a "special meeting" where he distributed bottles of his latest Porter. It's pretty delicious, and you can't beat sipping on a brew and talking about homebrewing while at work.
  30. slarrage

    slarrage Aspirant (213) Oct 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    I worked at an advertising agency in Boston that had free beer from about 4-6 on Thurs, Fri
    double tap kegerator - Miller Lite and Sam Seasonal - no complaints here
  31. lsummers

    lsummers Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2010 California

    We have two beers always on tap at work. Artists gotta be full of.... art. Right?
  32. 1beergeek

    1beergeek Initiate (147) Oct 26, 2012 New Mexico
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    I work for a business forms distributor. We are located in Albuquerque, NM. This used to be a dry state on Sundays. That law was written out years ago and now we must wait until high noon on Sundays to purchase any liquor. Years ago we used to stock beer (Bud and Bud Light) in the soda pop machine. An ice cold one (even if it was just domestic crap) for 50cents a can. It was all going smoothly until one of our employees who had keys to the building drank his alloted amount on Saturday night and decided he would break into the building and raid the soda pop machine. Needless to say, once the boss found out the beer came out of the machine. He no longer works for us and was throughly yelled at. He's lucky that is all that happened to him.
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