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Ever been duped by a so called "beer bar"?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Hanzo, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    Could you at least sit outside and drink?
  2. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (535) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I don't remember to be honest. I know we sat inside though.
  3. Chewbacca

    Chewbacca Initiate (0) Antarctica Jan 22, 2013

    There is not a good beer bar within a 100 light years where I a from...
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  4. Jason311

    Jason311 Aficionado (105) Virginia Dec 18, 2012

    Are you from Virginia? I saw Legend there.
  5. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

  6. Rhode Island has many places like that. The Apartment and The English Cellar Ale House come to mind (both owned by the same group nonetheless).
  7. Theres a place that opened up on the block that I work at, they advertise it having over 30 taps, and then when I actually checked the tap list, it basically was every macro brew you can think of and about one or two local NY beers.

  8. Isn't that the place attached to the Hooters?
  9. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Advocate (625) Georgia Nov 13, 2008 Beer Trader

    A Heineken is risky.
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  10. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    That would at least make it a decent beer bar.
  11. Heavy Seas Loose Cannon...that's enough for a visit if the atmosphere is cool. Life could be much worse. And it sounds as if it's no more than a 5 minute walk for you.
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  12. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    You're right. My bad. Although I guess that means my disappointment should be greater, since that means even more beers are missing.
    yemenmocha likes this.
  13. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Poobah (1,020) Kentucky Mar 3, 2011 Beer Trader

    I noticed the same problem last time I passed through Kashyyyk.
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  14. Labgrownmangoat

    Labgrownmangoat Aspirant (30) Jan 23, 2013

    Just down the street from me is a place called American Taproom. It has 6 total taps. They have decent stuff, but you would think a few more taps might be appropriate given the name.
  15. Imstillthegman

    Imstillthegman Advocate (590) Delaware Jan 30, 2006 Beer Trader

    I know of where you speak. They also have a location in DE that is horrible. The only one I have found to be somewhat close to the expectations that it creates is the one in PA.
  16. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Aficionado (135) New York Dec 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    Here is a very nice Belgium restaurant with great food in NYC. The prices are high but thats okay for the type of place.
    Whats kills me is the seventh listed draft on this list. The menu is updated all the time, and7 remains everytime. The rest of the list is accurate.
    WTF, is it a mean joke?
  17. Honestly, this kind of thing happens all the time in other areas. In the Boston area every new bar and restaurant is trying to ride the craft beer craze, and advertise themselves as some sort of beer mecca. Yet, 90% of them have tap lists looking something extremely similar to what you posted.

    Bottom line, is craft beer is still a tiny fraction of the market, and even with the craft beer segment, those who want imperial stouts and sours are an even tinier fraction. Most craft bars are going to move more Fat Tire or DFH 60 minute than they will imperial stouts or other "extreme" beers.
  18. ScottUCF84

    ScottUCF84 Savant (255) Florida Apr 7, 2006

    A few years ago when a bar by me began advertising as a craft beer bar with 15-20 taps as well as being a sports bar. I immediately was excited, but when they opened was let down when I saw the BMC and 'crafty' beers taking up most of the taps. In their defense, their business revolves around sports and virtual golf simulators, and they actually do have a few solid taps and bottles (two hearted, DFH 60). I give them my business when I watch games, because really, I don't know of any full blown craft beer bars that really play sports around here, and I'd much be there than Buffalo Wild Wings (better food options as well).
    Here's the latest draft list I found:

    Miller Lite
    Stella Artois
    Blue Moon
    Magic Hat #9
    Kona Firerock Pale Ale
    Blue Point Toasted Lager
    Seadog Blueberry Wheat
    Bells Two Hearted IPA
    Angry Orchard Cider
    Sam Adams Winter Lager
    Labatt's Blue

    So... Two Hearted saves this one. Bottle list offers a few more decent picks from Rogue, Ommegang, DFH, etc.

    In contrast, here's the list at my go to spot(feel free to guess, not many where I live haha):

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  19. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (965) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    I have no problem with them carrying what they do to appeal to the masses (they have to make money and you likely won't do that if you only appeal to beer geeks) but when you are named such to appeal to beer lovers, you need to go the extra mile, which I do not feel this place is doing.

    I am not giving up on the place, a few people from the craft beer scene have gone in and talked to them already, I still have hope for them. They have a niche (adult skee ball/tournaments) so I am sure I could go and have a good time, I just want them to live up to the name.
  20. azorie

    azorie Champion (760) Florida Mar 18, 2006 Verified

    Its a bar with beer, and a silly name. With that name and knowing there are NOT a million beers, I would have avoided it.;)
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  21. Sayson

    Sayson Savant (325) North Carolina Apr 16, 2005

    Agree with the earlier posters. First, it's a dumb name. Second, no you have some idea of how the Bud Light drinker feels at Russian River. "What do you mean you don't have Bud Light?"
  22. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (515) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Honestly don't think I have. I have such low expectations of the city I live in (beer wise) that I cannot possibly be duped...
  23. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Dec 6, 2012 Verified

    I'm thinking most people here live in or around a city. Living in a New England suburb sucks. I'd rather enjoy it if I could have a draft selection like that!

    My best bet is a BBC 20 minutes away. They have some good local brews on tap from time to time (clown shoes, wormtown, etc). There IS The Yard House over in Dedham, but still...that's a 35 minute drive for me and the prices can sometimes be outrageous. Might as well drive down to Providence at that point.

    All I'm saying is...some of y'all sound like you're taking your options for granted. Be grateful and enjoy what you've got!
  24. Brewzer1010

    Brewzer1010 Savant (280) California Feb 17, 2010 Beer Trader

    There is a Hooters in the same casino (Tropicana) however I don't recall them being connected.
  25. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Dec 6, 2012 Verified

    Haha. QFT! When my brother and I take my dad out to beer bars in Boston, he always complains about this!

    ...He no longer joins us when we go out to have a few drinks.
  26. ratrod53

    ratrod53 Savant (280) Indiana Oct 10, 2010

    That isn't too bad of a place for a 10 sec drive.
  27. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Advocate (515) Kentucky Apr 20, 2004

    And here is one near me:

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  28. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Advocate (735) Massachusetts Mar 17, 2009 Beer Trader

    There's lots of bro-craft places around here and more are popping up. They fill all the taps with the big brands and the local watered down craft beer always paired with seasonals. Bros love seasonals. The optimistic might call it approachable craft beer.
  29. I've never done any research on the term, but I'd guess "taproom" could date from the pre-Prohibition era but it certainly was very common after Repeal - with the general outlawing of the term "saloon" in many states, and the use rise of alternate/euphemisms like "Bar & Grill" "Tavern" etc. I've seen "taproom" used frequently for hotel bars (especially swanky downtown joints) and, on the other end of the spectrum, for bowling alley bars. But it was common for just the standard "corner bar", too (Pennsylvania was loaded with the latter.)

    Certainly in the pre-craft and multi-tap era, I'd expect they'd have had the same number of taps than any other bar of the time - 2-4 (often all serving the same beer.)
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  30. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (460) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    Tiny place very close to where I live in NJ. No BMC on tap or in bottles, ever.

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  31. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poobah (1,000) New Jersey Feb 23, 2012 Beer Trader

    Plenty of AB/InBev beer: Goose Island Christmas Ale, Matilda, Sofie and Bourbon County. They should get rid of them and put in some more craft beer.
  32. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Dec 6, 2012 Verified

    At least it's not Honkers Ale! ;)
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  33. Cugabuh

    Cugabuh Aficionado (220) Massachusetts Dec 6, 2012 Verified

    I have not had Six Point's Spice of Life. Have you had it? Any opinions of it? This is becoming one of my favorite newly discovered breweries. Can't get enough Bengali Tiger! And the descriptions they put on each can are AWESOME!

    "They should be good men; their affairs as righteous: But all hoods make not monks. Beneath a deep blanket of snow there is a cereal grain that can survive the harsh winters and acidic soils - RYE. Like a draped hood over a monk, it is the righteousness inside that shines."
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  34. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (460) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    I suppose I should've typed out Bud/Miller/Coors, but I thought folks would pick up on my abbreviation. (sarcasm) And yes, I realize that Goose Island sold out.
  35. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (655) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader


    At least the printing is legible and the colors are nice.
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  36. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (460) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    I really enjoy what Sixpoint is doing. If I remember correctly, this was the Simcoe variant. I've had both the Citra and Simcoe and liked them both. Mad Scientist #9 (cacao husks) was fantastic, which makes me excited to try 3Beans.
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  37. blackcloud

    blackcloud Advocate (535) Alaska Apr 28, 2012 Beer Trader

  38. I've been to upper echelon beer bars and left because their were less options for me than what is on that board.

    I am happy if there is just one beer I want to drink on a menu.
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  39. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (845) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    There is a new chain around here called "Hop Jacks" with hops in the logo and everything. They do have a couple decent beers on tap but they are not a beer-centric establishment let alone hop-centric. The burgers are decent though.
  40. tronto

    tronto Savant (270) Kentucky Dec 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    You mean the best one, right? ;)