Can you name two countries that start with the letter A but do not end with the letter A?
Of the seven dwarfs in Snow White, which are alphabetically the first and the last?
You have approximately 90 seconds to write your answers.
The answers are Afghanistan and Azerbaijan, and Bashful and Sneezy, respectively.
If you answered these questions correctly or just loved learning something new, consider visiting the over a dozen Frederick-area breweries, distilleries and bars for weekly For House Trivia nights, hosted by a Mid-Atlantic trivia company. These events have become so popular that some venues even host them for multiple nights.
Customers can test their mental intelligence in a variety of categories – history, geography, pop culture, movies, news, literature and television. Pour House also hosts themed nights, with questions focused on specific interests, from Star Wars and Harry Potter to TV shows like “The Office” and “Friends.”
Trivia is “a great way to connect with friends and regroup and have a good time,” said Denny Grizzle, founder of Pour House Trivia.
Answering questions not only brings fun and camaraderie to the tables, but often serves as great conversation starters – like, “How did you know the answer to that question?” – as well as icebreakers for people looking to make new friends.
Grizzle founded For House Trivia in Frederick in 2010. A professional musician, he had traveled to venues in different states and witnessed the popularity of trivia nights at venues where he played. During a doctor-prescribed eight-week rest period for his vocal cords, he found himself looking for a way to make some money. He contacted a friend at Il Forno pizzeria in Frederick to arrange a quiz night. The event was well received and by the end of his vocal rest, several other bars had contacted him, also wanting to organize anecdotes.
For House Trivia has since expanded to six states.
“Just seeing people enjoy the game is the biggest reward,” Grizzle said. “When I walk into a room and see 50 people come out forgetting about life for a little while to play a trivia game that we put together, it’s very rewarding.”
On a typical trivia night, teams are given sheets of paper to write their answers on, while a host asks questions for five rounds – all the while trying to keep the energy level up as players answer the questions. Questions. Most hosts have experience of being in front of crowds; most have day jobs as actors, lawyers and teachers. If a team places in the top three, many sites award a percentage on their tabs.
For House also continues to offer a once-a-week virtual quiz session on YouTube, which began during the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Dragon Distillery, a dungeons and dragons-themed venue in Frederick, offers For House Trivia every Friday. Their regular trivia nights are a popular event among regulars, and when they host specialty nights with themes focused on Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and Stranger Things, a whole new crowd discovers the distillery.
Ashley Perez, director of marketing and events, said trivia is a way to offer a different activity and engage with others. People often try their hand at ax throwing and board games before and after the quiz.
Belles’ Sports Bar & Grill hosts Pour House Trivia on Wednesdays and Saturdays with between 5 and 15 teams in regular competition. Owner Pam Belles loves hosting the trivia event because the gathering is open to all ages. “You can get a group of grandparents, parents, 20-somethings in there,” she said. “There are questions for everyone.”
Belles said they keep the same staff for events every week, so people will be greeted by the same people every time they come.
“We want people to feel like it’s not a big competition but more of a friendly game,” she said, adding that people who come for trivia also spend time playing pool. , darts, corn hole and Keno.
Rockwell Brewery in Frederick hosts its quiz nights on Mondays. On sunny days, customers can play inside the bar or outside in their biergarten.
The trivia “gets people out of the house on Monday nights,” said Jess Fynn, director of sales, marketing and events. “It gives everyone a break. You don’t have to come here and already have a team. If you don’t have a team, they will assign you to someone. It’s a great way to make friends, and it’s easy to start a conversation and bond around something and have a good time on a weeknight when you don’t have to wait for the weekend to go out to the brewery.
“Here we treat everyone like friends and family,” she added, “and you can expect to make new friends or have that place to go with the friends you already have. .”