There are undoubtedly better ways to spend the night before a hard ride than drinking, but none of them put you in the same win-win situation. Ride well and you can feel great in the knowledge that you did so in spite of last night. You're a killer seemingly immune to the affects of alcohol. Get dropped on the first acceleration, and well, of course you did, you're hung over. Don't beat yourself up over it.
In preparation of tomorrow's ride I'm having Bavaria 8.6 as my fuel of choice this week. The first time I bought this stuff was from the liquor store on Queen and Church. I asked the guy there if it was any good, "well, it's strong so we sell a lot of singles to them" pointing out the window towards the City Hall homeless crew. Not exactly a glowing review, but if it's good enough that they're making the switch from tried and trusted Heineken and Elephant I'm intrigued.
Initial reviews are that it's got legs. Too heavy a beer for the summer days perhaps, but come winter this could get revisited. It's not on the same level as a Leffe of Chimay - too sweet - but it's in the same family, more available here and cheaper. It's a Dutch beer, full flavored and strong. I'm thinking stews, roasts, generally anything slow cooked.
Update from next morning
This gives a severe and crippling hangover. Lesson learned.