Scoring Free Drinks in NOLA

Recently I had a beer trade with a USMC Sergeant. Not only did we each send brews that the other has never had but also I received a rad selection of USMC stuff (my daddy was a Marine and I always wished I could’ve been too) and I sent out a few things from KegWorks that I thought he would love, including an IITYWIMWYBMAD? hat.

Sgt. Tony just sent me a guest blog post (below) about his experience wearing the hat in New Orleans. Enjoy!

IITYWIMWYBMAD? Hat in New Orleans


A couple days ago I received a beer trade / care package from Hannah ( Included in said package were some awesome beer selections, kegworks schwag and a tan hat with the following phrase:


At first I didn’t know what to think of the phrase and just couldn’t figure it out so I did a little bit of research, and it equates to:

If I tell you what it means
will you buy me a drink?

Ohhhhh….really? In that case, this hat possibly becomes a great free drink tool, as people drunkenly contemplate what the heck your head says, and upon getting their verbal okay to buy said drink, it sets in. Friend duped = free drinks for you!!

Perfect!! I thought to myself. I’ll be in New Orleans next week and I’ll be able to test this hat thing out and see where it gets me.

The first night I put said hat on and went down to the hotel bar to have a round with my boss, but no takers on trying to decode the cryptic message, however the night is still young and people are still coherent, not to worry!!

After our sazeracs we got a call from some fellow co-workers inviting us out to the waterfront bar “The Crazy Lobster” and from their tone were already audibly drunk. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to score?

Me and the boss arrived and were getting ready to order drinks with our already inebriated com padres, when the largest of the four of us (a large burly man), asked: “So what the heck does that mean?” he said. “Oh the hat? It’s a riddle, come on and figure it out!!” I said. And so it begins!! They each took turns and somehow ended up with: It something something “my bad” something. I finally replied with the key phrase, I took off the hat and pointed out the letters and they quickly caught on. Clever Fu!%er!!

This is where the free drinks come in right? Yes. Burly man agreed, but since he’s buying, he was feeling generous and decided to order me up a “Category 5 Hurricane.” A great start to a great night. Taking my big sippy cup of hurricane to go – we continued hopping bar to bar and people everywhere were dumbfounded while I continued to score shots and drinks. I drank for free the entire night.

Thanks to Hannah for the great gift, and if you don’t have one of these hats yet, you’re probably paying too much for your drinks 😉

Kam Pai

Tony K.


I can’t thank Tony enough for sending this along. If you have a story about wearing your IITYWIMWYBMAD? gear out, please pass it along!




  • Randy the Janitor August 12, 2010 @ 12:01pm

    Is that fella in the background enjoying a good ole’ game of FarmVille? Farm away friend…farm away.

  • K J August 16, 2010 @ 2:59pm

    Great hat. I’m going to pick a T-shirt with the clever acroymn on it to wear next time we hit the bars.

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