It Was Lucky 13 on Tuesday Night!

Tuesday night trivia featured 13 games of Pour House Trivia, thanks to Opening Nights at THREE new venues in three different cities!  We’re proud to be adding Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, Top Golf in Ashburn, and Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown to the PHT family.  Each of these venues garnered fantastic crowds for their first games, and we hope our players enjoy many nights at these spots.  In spite of over 100 teams playing across 13 venues, the top scoring teams on the evening were all playing at the same venue!  Tough crowd!

TUESDAY’S STATS AND FACTS (105 teams across 13 venues):

–> Highest Overall Score: Screaming Death Monkey (Quincy’s South) with 174

–> Highest Score after Round 4: Screaming Death Monkey with 162

–> Highest First Half Score: Uncle Jack (Quincy’s South) and Sofa King Smart (Quincy’s South) with 91

–> Perfect 21 (correct on all wagers and final): Green Machine (Capitol City Brewing), Einhorn is Finkle (FireFlies), Give Us Your Beer Money (Primanti Bros.), Uncle Jack, Screaming Death Monkey

–> The Tony Awards halftime page played to an average of 16.9, with about 12% of our teams scoring a perfrect 20 points.

–> The 6-4-2 question proved to be slightly easier, as 28% of our teams knew that the only major prfoessional sports franchise with four I’s in its full name is the Philadelphia Phillies.

TONIGHT’S FINAL QUESTION (68.7% success rate):

–> Which spherical candy is mentioned by name in a notable poem published in 1823, and is also the namesake for a character featured in an 1892 ballet? (you’ll find the answer later in this blog)


Capitol City Brewing in Arlington, VA

After taking Valentine’s Day off last week (thanks, Chris!) I was happy to see the impressive turnout last night at Cap City!  It looked like just about every one of our “regular” squads made it out – plus some scrappy newcomers – for a 15-team battle royale of trivia.  And what a set of questions!  The first half is often on the lighter side, but not this week: questions about advertising trademarks and elementary particles stopped some of our sharpest teams in their tracks, faster than a Denver boot.  After the halftime puzzle page, the Capital Hillbillies held a narrow 2-point lead over the Goofballs and Valley Girls, with several other teams hot on their heels.

Speaking of the Hillbillies, their topical team-name-of-the-week was “Bye Bye Bao Bao”, which, interestingly, brought us to two team names with individual zoo animals (the others being the Season XIV house champs, Hillary Did Harambe).  Weird, right?  In the second half, the leading teams were able to hold their position at the top of the scoreboard, despite the curveball thrown by the obscure/classic videogame Battletoads.  Team Green Machine pushed up from the middle of the pack, helped by their knowledge of late-period Jack Nicholson and getting the full 6 points on that tough 6-4-2.  After Round 4, the top five teams were all within 11 points of each other (with the Hillbillies still on top) meaning it would all come down to the Final.

Now, I had always thought sugar plums were some kind of tasty fruit – but back in the day, they were just solid, vaguely plum-shaped spheres of hard candy.  Teams that recalled allusions to sugar plums in a certain poem and ballet picked up 12 points here; those that did not, well, there’s always next week!  Your top three:

First Place:  Capitol City Goofballs

Second Place:  Valley Girls

Third Place:  Green Machine

~ Austin

Next week’s first category:  Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton Trivia


Champion Billiards in Frederick, MD

Champions, you are such a good and steady crowd, so receptive to new faces that you make a great training ground for future PHT superstars!  Thank you for being so kind to Lindsay tonight – I think she will make a very kind addition to the Pour house crew! Maybe she can’t quite pull off the horny toad answer yet, but she’ll get there!

Going to keep it short and sweet tonight, it was Other Sarah taking home the 3rd place gift card, 2nd went to Crystal Methodists (Becoming a regular thing to see you in the top 3!) and in 1st tonight it was Wiseacres!  Well done!  I loved the score manipulation… he he he.  See you next week!

Next week’s first category:  Huge Tracts of Land

Monty Python Trivia


Cugini’s Restaurant in Poolesville, MD

Back again here at Cugini’s in Poolesville for another round (well set of rounds) of Pour House Trivia!  The house was standing room only with ten teams here to battle it out for some nice prizes, World Series points (it’s coming sooner than you thin!), and kudos!  For round one, the trivia ebb and flow was smooth with categories ranging from The Grammys to African Nations, and this little film kitty:

Puss in Boots

Our second round featured only one category that was a bit of a struggle when it came to naming which beverage company featured the Dynamic Ribbon in its logo (it’s Coca-Cola).  Otherwise, all was well with subjects like elementary particles, basketball plays, and an iconic talking car of the 1980’s:

Knight Rider

For round three, we dove into a question on a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision and subsequent Supreme Court correction, along with a TMNT knock off super group, and an iconic Academy Award winning actor who bit it at the end of two of his films:

The Departed

Our final round had little in the form of adversity as these fine trivia players handled fast food, similar song titles, an Asian body of water, and a reality TV show airing its final episode this Spring:

Duck Dynasty

This game was very close at the end, with only a few points separating the top half of the field.  After most of our teams came up with the correct response of Sugar Plum on the final question, we awarded our top three teams:

First Place:  No Clue

Second Place:  Never Mind

Third Place:  MoMo

Next week’s first category:  South American Capitals

~ Ronnie

South America Trivia


Orioles Nest in Frederick, MD

This week’s installment of trivia kicked off with a question about The Evil Dead, asking which body part Ash cut off because he was partially possessed by a demon, which was his hand (he replaced it with a chainsaw).  We even had a question about one of the more ridiculous games from my childhood, Battletoads, which most teams actually got!  At halftime teams had to identify celebrities who won Tony awards, as well as giving answers that have double Es in their name.

The final question tonight was about candy and characters, and only a few teams got it right. This led to a small change in scores, as third place went to Book Club Babes, second went to We Are Number Two, and the win went to Fill Stick! Congrats!

Until next time,

~ Chad

Next week’s first category:  “Donnie Darko”

Donnie Darko Trivia


Tilted Kilt in Frederick, MD

A bunch of new teams turned this week’s game into a slugfest, with teams fighting it out to reach the podium. That included using some strange… tactics?… like trying to bet negative points, and turning in upside down answers.  The inmates were running the asylum this week.  In the end, the podium was locked in long before the final, after an impressive performance by our perennial powerhouse.  Your top three teams:

First Place: Poovey Farms

Second Place: The Trivia Knight

Third Place: Jack and Raggedy Ann

Poovey Farms might just never lose.  They need a veteran team to come in and challenge this streak!  Anyway, they selected Encryption as next week’s first category.  Study up, and I’ll see you next week!

~ Nick

Encryption Trivia


Senor Tequila’s in Germantown, MD

Senor Tequilas saw a roller coaster of a game of Pour House Trivia tonight, ups and downs all night long, as veteran teams struggled, and fresh faces thrived!

Highlights of the Night:

In “Where-In-The-World-Is-Albert-Einstein”: I thought this was gonna be one of those where everyone would get one answer, but no one would get the other.  I was half-right.  No one was able to pull Switzerland.  Trouble was, not many could come up with the U.S. either.  Yikes!  That said, I understand all the Israel answers, so it’s not like you guys were WAY out there.

In “Ian-Almost-Dies-Laughing”: The funniest thing that has ever happened to me personally during trivia happened tonight.  I had to stop the game to laugh into my paper for a solid 20-30 seconds, explain why I was dying, and then experience the renewed bout of laughter til I was snorting, and had to force myself to move on.  A team put down Elron Hubbard for their answer.  My mind went to Lord of the Rings and I said so.  One of the team members, already laughing calls out “No, that’s not it! I told him the author was Hispanic!”  El Ron Hubbard.  The writer hung his head in shame, thinking the answer was “The” Ron Hubbard.  We of course spent the rest of the night simply calling him Senor.

In “Please-Don’t-Key-My-Car”: Conversely, I had to unfortunately give the devastating ruling that I could not accept Dynasty for Duck Dynasty. Which was there nine-point wager…. and their bonus category.  And they would’ve gotten the 2-point bonus. I’ve never seen anyone go from cheerful to furious that fast before… I really am sorry guys but my hands are tied on that one 🙁

After a quiet final, the scores stood thus:

In third place tonight, the Fan Club!

In second place tonight, Beer Pressure!

In first place tonight, Axl’s Doghouse!

Great game everyone! Next week, in true Doghouse fashion, the first category for next week will be…Meat!  That’s it, just meat.  Study up, and we’ll see you next time!

Until then,

~ Ian

Meat Trivia


FireFlies in Alexandria, VA

Seven teams came to show off their trivia knowledge tonight, including two new ones brave enough to challenge our regulars.  Welcome!  Round 1 was a rough start for about half our teams when they could not identify the Rage Against the Machine album from its cover description.  From there it was mostly just the two-point bonuses that were missed, leading to only slightly less than perfect scores.  Round 2 saw our toughest question of the night, with only two teams correctly naming Coca Cola as using the “Dynamic Ribbon” as opposed to many other teams’ guess – Pabst Blue Ribbon.  And while no team got a perfect score on the half time puzzle, the majority got at least 17 correct.

The third question of Round 3 was the toughest of the round, as we asked for a video game about anthropomorphic amphibians and as a bonus, which company created the game.  One team even boasted they were proud to NOT know the answers of “BattleToads” and Rare.  Round 4 featured the toughest bonus question of the night, with not one team able to name both Sam Cooke as the singer of Chain Gang and The Pretenders as performers of “Back on the Chain Gang”.  First and second place kept flip flopping throughout the night, but in the end winners were as follows:

First Place:  Einhorn is Finkle, Finkle is Einhorn

Second Place:  Bowling Green First Responders

Third Place:  Dustin Hoffman’s Pants

Next week’s first category:  Baldwin Brothers not named Alec

See you next Tuesday!

~ Kate

Baldwin Brothers Trivia


Shuckin’ Shack in Frederick, MD

Dearest Shuckers (of which there were many variations): This. Venue. Is. Great.

Pour House Trivia’s Inaugural Night at Shuckin’ Shack  in Frederick, MD was a blast!  We invited new teams to the fold, and even entertained a couple veterans.  Most proud am I of our third place finishers tonight, who were both new and a two-person-only team.  They trailed most of the night, but in the end came through to find the money!  No particular question posed a problem for all teams; instead, everyone either knew something or didn’t; and it was a common trait.  That being said, team Donner Party (for all the morbidity that evokes) were consistent butt-kickers.

I am so happy to be your new host at this, Pour House Trivia’s newest venue in Frederick.  I can’t wait to see you all again, and for you to spread the word: this place rocks for trivia!  Here are tonight’s top finishers:

First Place:  Donner Party (winners of an extra $50 CASH prize!)

Second Place:  Mother Shuckers

Third Place:  Carolina Reapers

(Among other references to the venue, we also had the “Shuck Me Raw”.  I sense a trend.)

Until next week (I can’t wait!).  Fair Winds and Following Seas…

~ Chief

Next week’s first category:  1990’s Films (not this one)

Titanic Film Trivia


Top Golf in Ashburn, VA

It was our opening night of trivia here at Top Golf in Ashburn, and we could not ask for a better first night.  A great crowd of a rowdy bunch of folks showed up to play, including lots of new players to Pour House, and many older dogs as well.  This is such a great facility, and I suspect every team will be back next week for another go-round.

It was a close game all night, with first place trading between several teams throughout the competition.  In the end it was one of those old dogs, Kellie’s Heroes, who took first by one point, and took home an extra $50 cash for their efforts.  Great job!  Thanks again to Top Golf for forming what will be a long partnership.  We’ll be back next week for trivia fun!  Here are your top finishers on this opening night:

First Place:  Kelly’s Heroes

Second Place:  Artisan Sausage

Third Place:  Taco Tuesday

Next week’s first category:  Baseball Movies

~ Zach

Major League Film Trivia


Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown, MD

Introducing Pour House Trivia’s latest venue, Primanti Brothers at the Valley Mall in Hagerstown!  First off, I want to say thank you to some familiar teams for coming out and making this night a success.  After a few technical difficulties (which will be solved by next week!), we had a great game of trivia.  Even the serving staff was trying to answer the questions.

The first half was pretty close until the half time puzzle page, when Give Us Your Beer Money shot into a second-half lead which they never relinquished.  They answered correctly on the final question to claim first place, as well as  $50 in cold, hard cash.  The Arrondissements of Ouagadougou (Heretoforeafter known as AoO) stayed close and clinched second, wih FNQ taking the third spot.

I also want to welcome the new teams: Delaware’s a New Jersey and Pizzagate! I hope we see you all again next Tuesday at Primanti Brothers in Hagerstown!

~ Sean

Next week’s first category:  Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Losses

Steelers Trivia


Blue Parrott in St. Petersburg, FL

Ten teams rebounded from their three-day weekend with a contentious round of trivia Tuesday night at the Blue Parrott.  Our little venue seems to be growing recently, with more teams vying for top honors.  Teams faced some tough questions in the first half, with many not realizing that Tonga is off the coast of New Zealand (not Africa),  or that it was actually Coca-Cola, not Pabst Blue Ribbon that trademarked the Dynamic Ribbon:

Coca-Cola Trivia

As the host, my favorite moment of the evening came in round three.  Unfortunately, all of our teams were stumped by a question on “BattleToads” – a video game series which has to have the grossest character names ever.  We never like to see so many teams blank on a question, but I did love reading all the creative answers they came up with instead!  My favorite: The Three Muskatoads.  All the laughs were appreciated.  In the end, Romeo’s Revenge overtook Quiz Knows for first place, going with a strong 12-point wager on Candy and Characters.  Congrats to all our teams who came out tonight!

First Place:  Romeo’s Revenge (above)

Second Place:  Quiz Knows

Third Place:  Memphis Blues

~ C. J.


Next game’s first category:  The Great Lakes

Great Lakes Trivia


Monkey La La in Frederick, MD

It was a tight one all night (phrasing?) here at Monkey La La!  As usual, it came down to the final question of the night.  Visions of sugar plums danced in the heads of just two of our teams – Sad and Demented but Social, who took first, and Sloppy Seconds, who fittingly took second.

The most memorable part of the night, however, was during our Triple 50/50.  As I asked the crowd, ‘in which hand does the Statue of Liberty hold her tablet?’, a Liberty Mutual commercial began to plan on the TV behind me.  The statue was prominently displayed, unbeknownst to me, for 30 seconds during the question.  If you have ever doubted the existence of trivia gods, I implore you to reconsider.

See you next week!

~ Colin

Next week’s first category:  Triple 50/50 (“The Bridge on the River Kwai” or “The Bridges of Madison County”?)



Quincy’s South in Rockville, MD

An odd night of trivia saw lots of missed questions, lots of frustrated players, but mostly lots of alcohol.  Perhaps the latter was the least weirdest of the three, but tonight was quite the doozy.  Luckily by the end of it all, we still had a winner to crown, and the winner tonight was not a team who’s been near the top recently.  We’ll dive right into it…

The usual juggernauts of trivia night are Sofa King Smart, Wingardium Triviosa, and Uncle Jack, all three of which were appropriately near the top tonight.  WT missed out on a few (or more) two-point bonuses which kept them behind all night, looking at a 4th place finish without some luck their way on the final. This sub-par performance left room for Screaming Death Monkey to sneak into the top 3, and they had quite a showing.

Sofa King Smart led most of the night but failed to convert a few of the points late in Round 4.  This made more room for Screaming Death Monkey who hasn’t won a game in months.*  The final question was just about the only thing that teams had no issues with, most teams picking up the Sugar Plum.  With that final, we usually can guess the finish.  No changes among the top 3 and we crown a new winner this season with Screaming Death Monkey!  Uncle Jack taking 2nd place, 3rd going to Sofa King Smart.  Back in a week for more of Season XV!  Until then!

* – speculation, but probably right

~ Bill

Next week’s first category:  “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend