A Civil Night of Thursday Trivia!

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The first Thursday in March brought 301 teams out for a game of Pour House Trivia across 24 locations. The highest-attended game was a 27-team showdown at Solace Outpost, while 22 more played at Mustang Sally Brewing and 20 teams each showed up to Aslin Beer Co and Olde Mother Brewing.


A breezy opening round of questions handled topics such as Tom Hanks films with the word Saving in the title, celebrities with avian names, and museums in Louisville, Kentucky. With no query that slayed the field, there were 39 teams still perfect at the end of the round.


We played a trio of song instrumentals in the night’s audio question, specifically those of American Girl by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Heat Waves by Glass Animals. Later, we reached the most difficult wagering question of the night:

  • What is the American name for the dog breed known as an Alsatian in the United Kingdom?

About 16.9% of teams correctly named the German Shepherd. We turned to the art world for the first half’s final question:

  • During the first decade of the 20th century, the work of Pablo Picasso developed through which two unique periods, each known by a certain color?

While many teams earned their wager for naming Picasso’s Blue Period, only 7.3% of the field also remembered his Rose Period for extra points. Six teams earned a perfect score in the second round.


The top half of the halftime page asked teams to name items that are also NATO Phonetic Alphabet letters, while the bottom section matched TV series to their respective creator. The average score was 17.3 points, but 15 teams went all the way to the 20-point level. Five teams split a perfect tie at the halftime break:


The second half began with a three-parter in which each answer included a hockey term. Two questions later, we discussed two famous people with the same name:

  • What first and last name is shared by the TV writer who created Veronica Mars and the frontman of an alternative rock band that scored top-ten hits with Bent and Unwell?
  • Bonus: What 2005 song is the highest-charting solo effort from that musician?

The majority of Thursday’s teams knew those men are named Rob Thomas, but a game-low 5.31% remembered the musician’s single, Lonely No More. For the round’s last question, we went back a few centuries:

  • Marking a turning point in the Hundred Years War, which skirmish fought on Saint Crispin’s Day in 1415 served as a key plot device in a certain Shakespearean drama? You can either name this battle or name the Shakespearean play.

Either the Battle of Agincourt or Shakepeare’s Henry V were named by about 27% of the field. This round’s only perfect scores were earned by Cat in the Chat (Loudoun Kitchen) and Dave Martinez School of Management (Bear Brick Oven).


The word Staples was named from a six-point clue about the middle name of author C.S. Lewis by 30 teams in Thursday’s 6-4-2. There were a few tough opportunities for points in the night’s last round, with this question cropping up early on:

  • Which type of business follows the phrase Heaven & Earth in the title of a best-selling novel written by James McBride?

About 21% of teams correctly named the grocery store. A query about Netflix’s Griselda saw 10.6% of the field earn bonus points for naming Sofia Vergara’s character’s surname, Blanco. We wrapped things up with Three Clues about an NFL team:

  • After joining the NFL as an expansion team in 1961, this team played its home games in Metropolitan Stadium.
  • This was the first NFL team to appear in four Super Bowls.
  • This team lost all four of those Super Bowls and has yet to appear in the big game since.

While a lot of teams guessed the Buffalo Bills, just under 20% of teams were correct to identify the Minnesota Vikings from those three clues. This round had seven perfect scores. The leaderboard was topped by these teams after four rounds of trivia:

FINAL QUESTION (17.94% success rate):

  • Who was the last man to serve as U.S. President who was also a veteran of the U.S. Civil War?

About a sixth of Thursday’s teams were correct with their answer: William McKinley. One team recorded a Perfect 21 team: Rockin’ Brawlers (Rai’s)! These were the highest-scoring teams for the night:


Smoketown Brewing Station in Brunswick, MD: Ask Me Know Questions  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Weird Owls)

Belly Love Brewing in Purcellville, VA: Pho Q  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Empire Strikes Back)

Lone Oak Farm Brewing in Olney, MD: Two Docs and Two Dudes  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Treehouse of Horror)

Fourscore Beer Co. in Gettysburg, PA: Smartacus  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (audio))

Michaux Brew in Waynesboro, PA: Rail Splitters  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Shamrock Shake)

Mookie’s BBQ in Great Falls, VA: Loaded Fries  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Bob’s Burgers)

Hidden Key Brewing in Greencastle, PA: Alternative Facts  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Twilight Zone)

Loudoun Kitchen and Bar in Leesburg, VA: We the Peephole  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 96th Academy Awards)

Olde Mother Brewing in Frederick, MD: Team Pizza  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Saving Silverman)

Solace Brewing in Sterling, VA: Alley Cats  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Triple 50/50: American League or National League?)

Brewery Fire in Taneytown, MD: Great Heathen Army  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Wire)

Crooked Run Fermentation in Sterling, VA: Transparent Eyeballs  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Hamlet)

Solace Outpost in Falls Church, VA: Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Julia Roberts Films)

Interchange Tiki Bar in Williamsport, MD: Gong Gong and the Butt Demons  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: 2024 Best Picture Oscar Nominees)

Bear Brick Oven Pizza in Silver Spring, MD: Dave Martinez School of Management  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Blackpink)

Preston’s Pub in Manassas Park, VA: We Are Bob  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach)

Aslin Beer Co in Alexandria, VA: I Don’t Know  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston (album))

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Reston, VA: Bad Rhino  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: The Mummy (1999))

Steinhardt Brewing in Frederick, MD: Tokyo Sex Whale  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Legendary Weapons)

Mile 20 at the Breeze in Herndon, VA: First on First  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Lacrosse Terms)

Mustang Sally Brewing in Falls Church, VA: Tedward Thurbert  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Computer Programming Languages)

Hops N Shine in Alexandria, VA: Back Doors and More  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Russian Military Battles)

Rai’s Rendezvous in Ashburn, VA: Rockin’ Brawlers  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Sega Games)

Foster’s Grille in Warrenton, VA: 

X-Golf in Frederick, MD: Just Good Enough  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Boston Celtics)

metrobar in Washington, DC: Red Line Rhinos  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Famous Minnesotans)


Mark’s Pub in Falls Church, VA: MF Pandas  (NEXT WEEK’S FIRST CATEGORY: Pokemon)