Brewery Pet Peeves

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by FBarber, Feb 28, 2023.

  1. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I purchased a canned beer the other day from Woven Water Brewing Company in Tampa, Florida. Tonight, I was reviewing the beer and I noticed that they have "Life is short, drink it fresh" printed on their cans. I then looked on the bottom of the can to see what the date was and determine how fresh it was, and to my shock there was no date on the can. And honestly, it kind of ticked me off - how are you going to print "Life is short, drink it fresh" on your cans, then not date them, so it's impossible to tell if they are fresh or not ...

    Anyway what other things do breweries do that really get your goat so to speak ...
  2. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Pooh-Bah (2,557) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    My pet peeve was when I would go to Half Acre’s Balmoral taproom and buy a few 4 packs from the fridge and the geniuses thought it would be a good idea to stack multiple 4 packs in a small paper bag. Cold beer cans + under strength paper bags + condensation equals the bag failing within 10 minutes on a walk home. Of course when the cans fall out the plastic can holder breaks and you have to somehow carry 8 to 12 loose cans in your arms (some of which inevitably roll into the dirty gutter). I salute you (with middle fingers) Mr. Half Acre taproom shop packaging genius.
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  3. Manta200

    Manta200 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,108) Apr 14, 2018 Kentucky
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    Plastic cups! Get's me going every time...
  4. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Grand Pooh-Bah (5,000) Aug 12, 2007 California
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    I agree w/ the OP. In today's climate, not having a "canned on" or "experience by" date is simply careless. You can come up w/ a litany of excuses, but none of them can hold weight to the imaginary paper blowing in the wind. Cheers.
  5. LSMroz

    LSMroz Zealot (590) Jan 25, 2013 Illinois

    Pet peeve is when they price with no rhyme or reason. A 4 oz pour is $4 and a 8 pour is $9. Like really? I'll just get 2 4 oz pours and save the $1 yo.
  6. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    You no own tote bag?
  7. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I thought this was gonna be another kids and dogs thread.
  8. flagmantho

    flagmantho Grand Pooh-Bah (5,378) Feb 19, 2009 Washington
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    There aren't too many of these, but I've been to breweries that only pour one size: pints. No taster trays, I understand, but come on! Let me have a half pour!
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  9. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Give it 2 pages ...
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  10. superspak

    superspak Grand High Pooh-Bah (10,314) May 5, 2010 North Carolina
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    I went to a brewery that refused to serve from the bar if you have a table and server. I know there are a lot of untrustworthy people out there, but I always make sure they have the correct bill because I'm not an a-hole. And what with the staff shortages. Servers have enough anxiety to deal with people yelling at them, so I always tell them to relax. One time I got the wrong beer but it didn't matter because I liked the beer. :grin:
  11. Providence

    Providence Pooh-Bah (2,366) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I’ll second two frustrations expressed above: not having a “canned/bottled on” date is horseshit. And serving it to me in a plastic cup is bullshit.
  12. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Pooh-Bah (2,557) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Are you pro or anti brewery’s that serve dogs?
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  13. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Pooh-Bah (2,557) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Yes, but I don’t carry one around with me 24/7. my trips were usually impromptu on the way home from work if the weather was nice.
  14. NorsemanOne

    NorsemanOne Savant (1,157) Sep 17, 2021 Utah
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    Pricing crowlers nearly as expensive as a growler kinda grinds my gears.

    I.e. $9 for 32oz or $12 for 64oz... A no brainer to me personally.

    Also reserved seating for the owners that I've never seen once in nearly 1 year of consistent outings. Reserved to the point that the bartenders flat out won't let anyone sit there.

    If you're a owner, pick a night and stick to it. Several even!

    But I'm my hours long stay every damn Tues, I've never seen them.

    So open it up for the common folk!

    *End of soapbox*
  15. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Grand Pooh-Bah (4,682) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Music so loud you can't hold a conversation.

    With rumors of 3 Floyds brewpub possibly re-opening, this one is timely!
  16. ChicagoJ

    ChicagoJ Grand Pooh-Bah (3,881) Feb 2, 2015 Illinois
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    I’ve seen breweries like Midwest Coast put a date sticker (like a price sticker) on the plastic 4-6 can holders versus ink stamp cans. The problem is if you buy a single (onsite/to go) or take off your sleeve at home, you are SOL. N/A in your case, since if they have the ability to message ink stamp your cans, they should date stamp as well.

    Two more date stamp peeves - Best By (if not accompanied by the actual date bottled/canned) and the large number of European imports with undecipherable or no date codes. There are dozens of European beers at my local markets I would buy if I had any confidence they were not 6-12-24 plus months old. Some have literally been sitting there at room temps for at least a year, and God only knows how long they existed before arriving at the store.

    I typically just avoid going to or buying from any business rather than suffer through it. I'd say breweries which don't enforce reasonable restrictions on any patron ("adults" and the children and or animals they arrive with) are ones I pass. For instance, one brewery allowed two patrons dogs to grind their asses on seats and sit/prance on the table they were sitting at. It was gross, the staff saw and did or said nothing to the two entitled women dog owners. Haven't been back.

    There are also a few bars and breweries that imposed their own ultra version of "the science" and or engaged in political fundraisers I wasn't comfortable with, and have moved on. Ditto breweries with well known and documented ill-treatment of staff. I'll stick with the 98-99% bars and breweries out there I feel good about supporting.
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  17. snaotheus

    snaotheus Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,308) Oct 6, 2008 Washington
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    Worst for me is Holy Mountain. They have stamping equipment; they use it to print little joke-like phrases on the bottom of their cans. But not a date. Infuriates me.
  18. NorsemanOne

    NorsemanOne Savant (1,157) Sep 17, 2021 Utah
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    Like Rogue, but bad haha
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  19. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    No dates, 99% no buy. If Bills Best can date then anyone else can too.

    Put up something to kill the sound. Cement, metal beams , wood floors are a horrible idea with no baffles. I want to talk to people when I’m at a brewery/bar.

    I’m sure I have more vitriol in me but I’m really enjoying this beer and music right now.

  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    How about the breweries with date stamping equipment but so many of the dates are smeared or the stamper stutters and over-prints so you're left to try to read gibberish.

    Or another issue is the beer list on the wall behind the bar is so low that people constantly block the view to read it.
  21. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    A big Fuck You to that scenario of reserved seats for the owner. Never have I seen that and if I did I’m sure I would sit down anyhow and have words to say when I was told to get up.

  22. NorsemanOne

    NorsemanOne Savant (1,157) Sep 17, 2021 Utah
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    Hands down my dude. It's like that at both of their locations(soon to be 3) and I think it's a joke.

    Now if I saw them there each day/week/month/amount of time at the SAME time consistently. (i.e. bartender knows me personally and my pals show up Tues, 8-10 on the dot) Sure, go for it. But blocking it the rest of the time you're not there is a dick move imo.
  23. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Why does the owner need a special spot at the bar? If it’s open sit down. If not be like the customers at your bar and stand or get a table. Honestly if I owned a brewery I’m probably not showing up to drink at the bar too often if at all.

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  24. Nugganooch

    Nugganooch Grand Pooh-Bah (3,624) Jan 13, 2011 California
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  25. mactrail

    mactrail Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,843) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    You ever been to GABF?
    Which reminds me, anybody remember the tinkle of glass on the concrete floor and the cheer, or jeer from the crowd?
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  26. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    HM makes nice beer, but damn I hate going there. Plain white room, always shitty metal music playing, and filled with Seattle tech bros.
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  27. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Pooh-Bah (2,473) Mar 28, 2009 California

    Hate when the tap list are all beers I’ve had or I can get on the shelf.
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  28. LeRose

    LeRose Grand Pooh-Bah (3,427) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    My pet peeves go in a different direction. I look on the other side of the wall from the bar. Untidy process areas, poorly maintained equipment, minimal or complete lack of GMPs. I've seen cleaning chemicals stored on racks above grain bags. Customers (or staff) with tasting glasses and food in the brewing space.

    Obviously not every brewery can afford a comprehensive quality program, but the basics are pretty much common sense. I know I'm sensitive to these thing and can't help but notice them after 43 years in the fruit juice and food industry and ever-increasing involvement with food quality and food safety standards and programs.

    I've seen a lot of OSHA violations as well, some pretty troubling.
  29. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    If the brewery makes me buy their growler, no sale. Your beer isn't worth storing another growler bottle.

    Ditto to regular bars and restaurants. Noise pollution happens inside too.
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  30. bret27

    bret27 Pooh-Bah (2,818) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Maybe Similar to what was already said but pricing the growler equal to can prices.
    If I get the same ounces of beer for a growler fill or a 4pk, there’s not much to motivate me to fill the growler. So many more advantages to having a 4pk.
  31. bret27

    bret27 Pooh-Bah (2,818) Mar 10, 2009 California
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    Agreed. Made a stop out of my way last year and was very underwhelmed.
  32. Resistance88

    Resistance88 Pooh-Bah (2,384) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    baby strollers and ugly dogs

    cute dogs and stay
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  33. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Grand Pooh-Bah (3,520) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Give it time.

    Personally I hate when people bring their peeves. I get it, it's your pet and you want to spend time with it. But make time to nurture your peeves and leave the rest of us our public space to get drunk enough to forget we have babies
  34. thebeers

    thebeers Grand Pooh-Bah (5,151) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    With my highly trained sniffer, I hate encountering cleaning supply smells at a brewery, restaurant or bar. Too many places don’t properly rinse their glasses. I also sometimes notice it lingering after people wipe down tabletops and counters.
  35. Spade

    Spade Maven (1,404) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    TVs. If I wanted to watch TV I'd stay home and drink.
  36. milkshakebeersucks

    milkshakebeersucks Pooh-Bah (1,796) Feb 10, 2020 Maryland
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    I have a friend who rates a lot of places and always mentioned the condition of the rest rooms in his reviews. His reasoning is simple; if the place does not care enough to keep them clean, they are probably careless and taking shortcuts in other areas of their establishment.
  37. JoeSpartaNJ

    JoeSpartaNJ Zealot (625) Feb 5, 2008 New Jersey

    When the brewery serves pints from cans they are trying to get rid of instead of from the tap......and charging $7 or $8 for said pint when the 4-pack of the same beer is $13.
  38. jesskidden

    jesskidden Pooh-Bah (2,969) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    In this day and age, it's kinda shocking that some people still keep them as pets in the first place. Let 'em go - sometimes it you who are the chained-up one. Peeves should be allowed to run free. You know, like dogs:

    (and unlike our canine friends, there's no record of a peeve getting hit by a car).
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  39. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,470) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Yeah man I hate those as well… but there are some weird health department rules about glassware, grease traps, and serving food that make it a challenge in some cases to be allowed to use glass (not plastic).
  40. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,470) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Depends on the price if you don’t bring your own growler (in the case of the crowler, you are essentially buying the vessel and the beer).
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