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A craft beer bar with friends that only drink Bud Light...

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by SerialTicker, Feb 1, 2013.

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  1. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    ...and there's no Bud Light on the menu. I've tricked them into going, so what do I make them drink? Unfortunately, they do have a couple adjuncts, but I'm hoping that they don't see it on the menu.


    I'm thinking about suggesting Short's The Soft Parade because it's a fruity beer... and maybe something like Pandemonium Pale Ale or Loonie Kuhnie because I started drinking and enjoying pale ales before anything else, really.

    Any suggestions would be nice. Preferably those from the "on tap" section, since most of the bottles are expensive, and we're just a group of students.

    I'm really trying to ease them into craft beer because I hate the fact that they prefer the bars that only have macros on-tap.
  2. spike913

    spike913 Mar 19, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Dogfish Head 60 Minute
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  3. dbfp210

    dbfp210 Jun 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss. Yeah it's $9 but they're getting 23 oz.
  4. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Cute kid.
  5. Northlax3

    Northlax3 Aug 19, 2012 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    have them get a weihenstephaner hefe weiss b/c its close to the same color as a Bud, and its taste is subtle and refreshing. You dont want them to hate what they think is all craft beer.

    Pus the hefe weiss is a 23oz draft and they'lll like how much they get.
  6. spike913

    spike913 Mar 19, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Sorry, didnt review the list first ...
    I would go with the Goose Island Sofie
  7. spike913

    spike913 Mar 19, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I also agree with Northlax3
  8. leedorham

    leedorham Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I've never heard of "Beer Name" but it looks pretty tasty.
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  9. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I feel like the $9 will make them just say "LOLNO" but I passed that up on the list. A hefe would probably be a good one to make them try. Who knows, maybe I can convince them to get a sample of it first or something.
  10. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

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  11. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Damn you!

    One of my friends can't even stand drinking PBR. He can barely stomach Bud Light. The other ones won't be so hard to convince, but HIM.
  12. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    I often have the same problem. The guys I go out with drink Miller or Bud and I have weaned them onto wheat beers and they are starting to expand their horizons a bit.

    Going off the taplist I'd go with Weihenstephaner Hefe
  13. kingofhop

    kingofhop May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    A lot of BMC folks can handle a lot of American wheats.
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  14. chefkevlar

    chefkevlar Apr 17, 2010 South Carolina
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    Hopslam, let them dive in head first

    Seriously though, one of my best friends hates any kind of hoppy beers, I drink a lot of IPAs and he was always willing to try something new but never liked them. He usually drank Michelob or some such until one day I let him try some Founder Breakfast stout. He loves coffee and he loved the beer so now he drinks Michelob and imperial stouts. What I'm saying is that you don't always have to pick the lightest flavored craft beer to switch people over if they are at least willing to try stuff.
  15. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    For the record...If I'm back home with the guys playing drinking games: circle of death, beer pong, F the dealer, flip cup etc...PBR is my GO TO BEER!
  16. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    Maybe you should just go to a bar that has things they want to drink. You know, like an actual friend would do.
  17. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Hey. Don't get me wrong. PBR is one of my favorite macro. It's really not even THAT miserable of a beer. But I want to push them into the pool. If they want a PBR, they drown. If they get craft, I'll help them out.
  18. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Circle of death, that game is horrifying.
  19. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I figured somebody would post something so pointless.

    And what about the dozens of times I have had to go to a typical hole-in-the-wall and settle with a Labatt?
  20. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Agreed 100%
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  21. FunkyMacGroovin

    FunkyMacGroovin Sep 22, 2009 California

    You don't have to go to any bar you don't want to. I also doubt that you ever show up with the expectation of there being options that appeal to your palate, only to find out the bar has nothing you want. However, if that's the tack you want to take, why not approach your friends with "hey guys, we usually go to places that don't serve any beers I like. Would you mind if we tried a place that has some stuff I want to drink? Maybe you'll find something new you enjoy!" Seems like a more reasonable and non-asshole approach than leading your buddies on just so you can get your way.
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  22. brewsader

    brewsader Dec 7, 2012 New York
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    jolly pumpkin. trick them twice!
  23. Michigan

    Michigan Oct 24, 2012 Michigan

    Ah... One Eyed Betty's!! LOVE the bourbon selection (pricey). But beer for non-beer drinkers... why not a hefeweizen or something of the like? keep them away from the IPAs. maybe a nitro stout (tell 'em it's better than Guinness). If you want them to have an IPA, give 'em DRIPA and say, "it will get you drunk faster". They'll love it!
  24. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Maybe you shouldn't take "I tricked them into going" so literally? They know what to expect, and it's not being a dick. It's helping them broaden their horizons. Sorry I find it quite sad that a couple of my friends honestly believe that Anheuser-Busch is the only American beer company.
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  25. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    That's how we typically start the night off!
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  26. Dools9

    Dools9 Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Yea man, that games deadly. Mexicali is another dangerous game. I here ya though, most of my buds only drink Bud, its tough to convince them to go to a craft beer bar.
  27. wiscokid920

    wiscokid920 Apr 27, 2011 Wisconsin

    Haven't played it but just looked up the rules and looks like a good one!
  28. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Bell's Two Hearted on draft.
    It gives everyone on this damn sight a beer boner anyhow.
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  29. GCurlow

    GCurlow Oct 13, 2005 Washington

    Find new friends.
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  30. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    AB/InBev is not an American company
  31. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan


    The whole Corona-poly thing happening in the news makes me happy, at least.
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  32. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    It took me awhile to appreciate (then love) Two Hearted. I wouldn't start there.
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  33. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    That sucks... Two Hearted was pitch-a-tent at first sip for me.
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  34. tommyz

    tommyz May 28, 2007 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I know you said you want draft, but they do have hacker pschorr Hefe bottle there for 6 bucks...16oz..The should like that
  35. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    I'm always an asshole to my friends, and vice a versa. That's how we know we're friends.

    I know people that are always nice to each other do what everyone else wants to do. They're called women.
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  36. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    With this scenario, I think you're out of luck. It's the group mentality thing. They'll band together to defend the honor of BMC because they know each other and they know BMC. Now, if you could isolate them one by one and take them out with a few other craft enthusiasts, their group mentality would be shattered and they'd find themselves trying new stuff to adhere to the new group. You need strategery when planning these sort of things. I respect your cunning and underhandedness, but be sure to kick their legs out from under them, too.
  37. nc41

    nc41 Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Every craft bar I've been to carries the usual BMC offerings, not on tap but most definitely in the bottle. As smart businessmen they want everyone to drink what they want so they offer enough of everything to make everyone happy and want to come back. Not everyone likes Hopslam, but still likes to hang out in a cool bar, relax and enjoy whatever, food, the energy, a game on tv.
  38. Hanzo

    Hanzo Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    $5 for 26oz of Kuhnhenn Loonie Kuhnie would be what I would suggest. Seems like a really good deal, I haven't had it before but from the description it shouldn't be too assertive for them.
  39. Andygirl

    Andygirl Jan 3, 2013 Michigan

    Loonie Koonie, no doubt. It goes over very well with BMC drinkers, and I would drink it if I wanted something lighter.
  40. Absolut

    Absolut Sep 19, 2011 California

    nice selection!!! screw them, take me!
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