Are you a flight guy?

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  1. misternebbie

    misternebbie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2014 Pennsylvania

    More of a pint guy
  2. rossracing

    rossracing Initiate (0) Mar 30, 2013 Illinois

    flight then order a pint of my favorite of the selection
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  3. VikingBeer

    VikingBeer Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2007 Kentucky

    If there are enough new beers available, I always go for a flight to open the festivities. I love trying new beers, and I enjoy variety. As far as palate fatigue goes, just do as I do and have a glass of water handy, plus some kind of bland cracker or something, if available; you'll be fine for five or six samples.
  4. Spreetaper

    Spreetaper Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2014 New York

    Depends on how many beers they have and how long I have at the brewery. But the following is my general rule.
    Only time time I made an exception and did full pints for everything (Russian River) :slight_smile:

    Flight then order pints if its in the mid range. 8-10
    Pints only if its less than 6/7 beers on tap.
    Or Flights only if its 10+..
    Either way I always try to visit a top notch brewery and have the beer on premise if possible. Otherwise usually I won't take other ratings seriously.
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  5. rjd722

    rjd722 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2013 Maryland

    If I visit a place and there is no guarantee that I'll ever be back, plus they have a good amount of beers I'd like to try, then I'll get a flight. I was at Hair of the Dog in Portland and had a flight of their brews...otherwise I really prefer "full size" beers in order to get the entire experience.
  6. mmmbeerNY

    mmmbeerNY Devotee (485) Mar 5, 2014 New York

    Many times if I'm at a brewery or bar I either don't have all day or may have to drive later so for those reasons flights give me the ability to taste a few things and help me decide what to purchase in bottle or growler to go. I agree I would rather enjoy full beer of something, but not always able. Flights or small pours can also be good way to sample and get to know a brewery and also taste some of the more expensive beers I might not want to pay for a bomber of.

    When I do get flights I do always drink one glass at a time, try not and switch all over the place with styles and confuse the taste buds
  7. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,409) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    If you're a ticker = flight. If you're a drinker = pint
  8. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,258) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Depends on what is on offer at the brewery - are they styles I enjoy, then yes... otherwise I will just have the one or two that interest me. If I'm driving, I prefer to have half pours rather than flights or full pours.
  9. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (9,737) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    I rarely order flights and when I do, it's because: 1) I'm in the mood to do some ticking or 2) I can't make up my mind so I try them all and make a decision which pours I want (as other people have said already), and 3) If it's a bar that does flights and there's a lot of good taps I'll order one (a flight) and revert back to point #2.

    @smb - beat me to it.
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  10. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,201) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Hmm not sure I buy that. New to this and like to try everything out there. Also if you have a place that fills growlers and you have a lot on the board, nice way to get a feel before you commit.
  11. mecmd

    mecmd Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Tennessee

    I like the option of flights or half pours. Just depends on how many beers interest me.
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  12. mig100

    mig100 Meyvn (1,409) Aug 3, 2014 Texas

    Not an absolute, but generally it's the case. I do order them myself from time to time, but I agree with some of the other user's points about not really being able to gauge a ton about the beer from a taster-size pour.
  13. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    If it's the first visit for me, I'll always get a flight
  14. algebeeric_topology

    algebeeric_topology Zealot (554) Dec 30, 2014 Florida

    I think you're right about opinions, and I'm not a flight guy, but I'm happy they're available. They're great for being able to work your way through more smaller beers if you're a bit lighter and they're great for introducing friends to craft beer. Would not use, but happy they're available!
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