Can you imagine a poor foreigner having to travel to Boston, then Cleveland, then Mississippi? Now that is a diversity of dialects.
Educated southerners are actually very easy to understand, because they don't speak quickly and they tend to be pretty smooth (I'm speaking of Mississippians in particular). I learned this when I was courting my wife (TN born and raised by two MS parents), and we sent recordings to each other. I'm from the Pacific Northwest, and I was surprised at how fast and clipped my speech sounded when I listened to a recording of myself - it was a lot different than how I sound in my head.
Of course, country southern is a whole other ball of wax.
Best similarity I can think of from across the pond is my limited exposure to lowland vs. highland Scots. Lowland sounded more mellow and smooth to me, highland was all **** and balls.
your Beer, although it tastes good and you have a great variety, i have a complaint about the alcohol level, coming off an exercise in Hawaii, we went to an "english pub in downtown honolulu wherew in the space of 3 hours 3 of us managed to down 17 "pitchers" of beer and still walk out of there. WTF??????
That's kind of the point. If you were drinking Belgian Triple, your ass and your mouth would have been engaging in a symphony of fail, ruining the rest of your leave.
Last time I was in the States I was given 'mixes' that contained a drop of actual mixer, with the rest of the glass pure fvcking Vodka.
Ended up in the Viper Room, fell over and smashed my drink, bouncer picked me up and pointed me back towards the bar lol. Ended up being thrown out of the club and dumped by the LAPD back at my hotel in the gutter. Good times.
Kudos mate! Did the same thing in Houston, the local cops were great, ended up goin for dinner at his house 2 nights later, remained friends ever since.