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JPBoston
11-17-2012, 23:27
Hey all ---

So I was thinking of putting a flask on the ol' Christmas list... then I got to thinking; how comfortable am I going to be slinging that bad-boy around in public?

I can only think of two situations I find myself in that I'd be able to "get away" with using such a device:

1) Sporting events

2) At the movies

And I'll add a third

3) Halloween trick 'r treating (lots of people in the neighborhood set up tables with various liquors for small block parties, give out jello-shost to the parents, etc... so I don't think I'd look too out of place)

I don't really go camping or fishing... anybody have any ideas on socially acceptable times to use a flask?

deathevocation
11-18-2012, 00:53
Only seem to be used when sneaking booze into somewhere. I've never used one.

Young Blacksmith
11-18-2012, 04:40
I've used one on an overnight train trip, but mostly it sits around collecting dust. I find it easier to grab a coffee cup or other non-see-through cup and pour it in there. Possibly use the flask to carry it to the cup?

tmckenzie
11-18-2012, 05:25
I have never seen one that was small enough to sneak something in anywhere that would hold much. Just enough to piss me off.

tanstaafl2
11-18-2012, 05:47
I have never seen one that was small enough to sneak something in anywhere that would hold much. Just enough to piss me off.

Clearly you have never used a (brand new sterile) catheter bag for its true intended purpose! Can get a couple of quarts in there discreetly with a handy valve and pouring tube for no muss, no fuss dispensing...

One of the perks of working in the medical field! Once you get past the notion of what it is usually intended for...

darylld911
11-18-2012, 06:06
I bought my groomsmen flasks as wedding party gifts, and felt we should match so got one myself as well. It is two 3 oz flasks that fit in one holder, and I use mine several times a year. If I'm going on an overnight trip and I want to share a taste of something with someone out of town, the 3 oz is perfect because I can take it as carry-on. The airlines say "No liquor" so that you'll buy theirs, but the TSA doesn't give a crap (at least never have bothered me with it, and I've done that a dozen or more times). I also take mine to poker parties and the like where most of my friends drink beer. Sure, I could take a bottle, but the flask helps with portion control (I'm confident I can drive home with 3 oz of anything over a period of several hours - and for an all-day affair I may take both barrels!)

In my younger days, I would sneak a flask in my coat in the pool hall because their bar prices were OUTRAGEOUS (and no one could see me tip a bit into my Coke).

I think you're looking at it the right way though - figure out when you'd use it first. I've gotten plenty of toys that I thought would be great ideas - and then used them once for the novelty and never again :-)

ebo
11-18-2012, 06:12
The only place I use one is on the golf course. I usually just bring it for outings when playing in scrambles.

Trey Manthey
11-18-2012, 07:05
They come in handy during events in New Orleans: Mardi Gras, Halloween, Saints games, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Po Boy Fest, Voodoo Fest, Greek Fest, Mid Summer Mardi Gras...what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, well it's legal (and encouraged!) to drink on the street here, and I love to nip on something special if I'm out and about where good whiskey is nowhere in sight. I have about six different ones from 3 - 6 oz in styles ranging from manly to downright girly, and I distribute them to visitors and house guests as needed. Some of them want to fill them with "lesser" spirits, but who am I to judge?

ebo
11-18-2012, 07:15
How do you get a flask into an NFL venue? It's been my experience that they search very thoroughly.

Ejmharris
11-18-2012, 08:32
How do you get a flask into an NFL venue? It's been my experience that they search very thoroughly.

Bengals games only wand you. Plastic flask gets by the check easily.

oke&coke
11-18-2012, 08:49
My brother used to have a belt buckle that doubled as a flask. Held about 2-3 oz. Best part was that it you wouldn't know what it was just by looking at it. He used to use it when he would go to a club when he was underage.

ChainWhip
11-18-2012, 09:48
I bring it on my mountain bike rides - a little bit of liquid courage helps when dropping in to hit drops/jumps/gnar.

A little to pass around to celebrate in the muddy post-ride glow is quite nice as well.

humchan2k
11-18-2012, 09:58
There are very few things in life more enjoyable than stopping on the side of a ski run, pulling your flask filled with Grand Marnier out and taking a good, healthy pull of it before you drop into a big powder field on your snowboard :)

silverfish
11-18-2012, 12:07
I can only think of two situations I find myself in that I'd be able to "get away" with using such a device:

anybody have any ideas on socially acceptable times to use a flask?

These might not qualify as "socially acceptable" occasions but you'd be
surprised how quickly you are able to "get away" with being the flask guy
as people (friends/family) become used to seeing you with one at weddings
and funerals. Even when used discretely, word spreads and you'll find
yourself having to share as well as disappointing folks when you neglect
to bring something along.

Lazer
11-18-2012, 18:40
There are very few things in life more enjoyable than stopping on the side of a ski run, pulling your flask filled with Grand Marnier out and taking a good, healthy pull of it before you drop into a big powder field on your snowboard :)

that sounds so much cooler than keeping it in your car and taking a good healthy pull of it before you drive home from work! :cool:

fishnbowljoe
11-18-2012, 19:23
I used to bring one (of several I have) with me to the bowling alley on bowling nights. Now I'm using an empty 200 ml bottle. There's a few guys I have to share with, and a 200 ml bottle seems to work out good. :grin:

jcg9779
11-18-2012, 19:41
Now I'm using an empty 200 ml bottle. There's a few guys I have to share with, and a 200 ml bottle seems to work out good. :grin:

I have a couple of flasks, but I use an empty 200ml bottle most of the time as well. I found a store with JBW 200ml bottles dirt cheap one time and grabbed four for the bottles. I also use the 200ml bottles to make small batches of Stagg, WLW, etc. watered down to a proof that I like (typically around 105- 107).

Happyhour24x7
11-19-2012, 05:29
I have never seen one that was small enough to sneak something in anywhere that would hold much. Just enough to piss me off.
Bring two!
I have several flasks, and use them frequently. Many of the use cases have been named already, but there are others. Ever gone to some kind of event or reception that was beer/wine only? Not an issue. Walking on the beach? Much more fun with a flask. Picnics. One in the car for unplanned occasions. Most of them are 6-7 oz, so a decent drink or two, while still fitting in a pocket; and if there might be sharing required, I bring two as mentioned above.

Kalessin
11-19-2012, 09:32
Just remember your proper flask etiquette:

1) Extend the pinky on the upward tip of the flask.

2) Retract the pinky on the downward tip.

3) Declare "Pip pip, old boy, that was a delightful dram! You simply must ask your valet to tell my valet what it is, so I can have him order a case or two."

4) Those little metal shot cups are usually of too poor a quality to be used for drinking anything without cutting your lip. Drink directly from the flask, the way dear uncle Bertie taught you.

luther.r
11-19-2012, 09:38
I usually take one to the movie theater. Funny flask follies: a fumbled pass-off by one of my friends caused my flask to sail into the air, then fall down one of the heating ducts at the Music Box Theater. It was irretrievable.

I have been known to take one to the bar on occasion when the place we're going a) has a crappy selection or b) has ridiculous prices. I'll buy one drink, then refill the glass under the table.

Enoch
11-19-2012, 10:40
I can say don't take one to a restaurant and just order a glass with a couple of cubes of ice. They notice the brown liquid later........

smokinjoe
11-19-2012, 11:32
I can somewhat see taking a flask into a theatre or sporting event. Maybe....Sort of...... But, not to a bar or restaurant. No.

ILLfarmboy
11-19-2012, 15:06
I usually take one to the movie theater. Funny flask follies: a fumbled pass-off by one of my friends caused my flask to sail into the air, then fall down one of the heating ducts at the Music Box Theater. It was irretrievable.

I have been known to take one to the bar on occasion when the place we're going a) has a crappy selection or b) has ridiculous prices. I'll buy one drink, then refill the glass under the table.

Definitely the movie theatre. I took a flask of Stagg (a stainless EW SB flask) and several midnight milky ways to the last movie I saw.

ethangsmith
11-19-2012, 16:27
I use one when shoveling snow. My neighbors can't figure out why I can go for hours and seem so cheerful- until the catch a flash of stainless in my hand from the glow of the street lamp. OGD 100 or 114 work great!

Restaurant man
11-19-2012, 16:56
My flask has been to every concert with me over the last few years. It supplements trips to the bar. In fact the last show my son locked my keys in the car and I had to wait over an hour for roadside. It was a much nicer kickback with the flask (and my son) to keep me company.

ThirstyinOhio
11-19-2012, 18:20
I use one when shoveling snow. My neighbors can't figure out why I can go for hours and seem so cheerful- until the catch a flash of stainless in my hand from the glow of the street lamp. OGD 100 or 114 work great!

Now that is a great idea.

portwood
11-20-2012, 16:51
In fact the last show my son locked my keys in the car and I had to wait over an hour for roadside. It was a much nicer kickback with the flask (and my son) to keep me company.
For the sake of all the other drivers and pedestrians on the road that day I hope your son took the wheel after you emptied the flask.

RWBadley
11-20-2012, 18:10
I enjoy using the flask quite often. Best not to be too obvious about it, but it has been a good friend. Many folks I know ask what I might have on any given adventure, as they are quite willing to take a pull. In fact, I have noticed the flask has become more common to see around here. As for Etiquette? Just be prudent and use some common sense.

I went to a show the other night and had about a half hour wait until curtain. Doggone if the 4 oz didn't even make it to the first number! Only thing I'd say- If you're gonna take one, just make sure it's sized right for the event. Next time the 8 oz is going in...

Restaurant man
11-20-2012, 21:25
It holds about 5-6 oz and it was BEFORE the concert. And although he has his license, the world is far safer with me behind the wheel

squire
11-22-2012, 18:56
JP I think flasks are cool, used one for years. The problem is in most jurisdictions transporting alcohol in a flask (even full and tightly screwed down top) is still legally an open container because it's not factory sealed. Silly I know, but a $250--$500 fine and taking time off from work to hear a stern lecture from a judge is not worth the hassle.

steeltownbbq
11-23-2012, 18:00
Got an old pint flask with a leather cover. Took it to the golf course yesterday. Nice to a take a few pulls and pass around whole waiting to tee off on a cool crowded holiday.

JPBoston
11-23-2012, 21:53
Thanks for all the great replies, fellas!

Special Reserve
11-24-2012, 04:35
I had a flask when I was in my 20's but that ended more than 30 years ago.

straightwhiskeyruffneck
12-01-2012, 07:04
Ill bring my stanley flask with me when i go out shooting, hunting, fishing & camping. Its nice to have some OGD, wild turkey or KCSB to steady the hand & adds to any outdoor experience!

Special Reserve
12-01-2012, 07:10
Ill bring my stanley flask with me when i go out shooting

What are you Dick Cheney?

White Dog
12-01-2012, 12:33
My neighbors, after some initial shock, have gotten used to me having an 'ass pocket of whiskey.' I pack my flask when I roam the street with my 5yr old. My son can find a friend anywhere, so when I find myself at a neighbors house for an impromptu 20 minute play-date, you better believe I'll use my flask. OWA and OGD are great for these purposes.

WAINWRIGHT
12-01-2012, 19:31
As of today cutting down the old family Christmas tree it came in rather handy as well.

LostBottle
12-01-2012, 20:11
Proper flask etiquette calls for a pewter funnel to prevent spills. Failing this, etiquette plan B calls for licking the spilled booze off the side of said flask.

mosugoji64
12-03-2012, 20:13
What are you Dick Cheney?

:slappin::lol:

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steeltownbbq
12-04-2012, 19:34
Proper flask etiquette calls for a pewter funnel to prevent spills. Failing this, etiquette plan B calls for licking the spilled booze off the side of said flask.

I would submit a couple of other rules
`1. if you bring a flask, share with others; no need to appear to be an alcoholic drunk
2. no backwash
3. wipe when done
4. no bogarting
5, owner gets first and last pull