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

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

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  1. unclekeith

    unclekeith Defender (681) Sep 4, 2012 Alaska
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    I walked into "Cervezas del Mundo" in Quito, Ecuador excited to drink something other than the 2 national brands (Pilsener & Club) and was dissapointed to find a 3 beer selction: the 2 national brands plus Heineken.
  2. mmmbirra

    mmmbirra Aspirant (206) Apr 19, 2009 Italy

    I'm not saying they didn't get caught or fined(I don't know,) but it happened. It happens, you even give another example of it happening. I'm not lying.
  3. gory4d

    gory4d Defender (669) Apr 14, 2007 New York
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  4. nickmantia

    nickmantia Initiate (103) Feb 19, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Wow that is a pretty lame name for a bar that clearly doesn't have anything special to offer. The craft beer places near me update their tap and bottles lists online frequently and have a decent selection (even recently had Heady Topper on draft, which is very hard to get in MA).

    The ones I'm referring to are Lord Hobo (http://lordhobo.com/?page_id=188) and Five Horses Tavern (http://fivehorsestavern.com/on-tap)
  5. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,204) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Seeing all these taplists is making me chomp at the proverbial bit.
  6. pvllbum

    pvllbum Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2007 Illinois

    I'm talking about him going on a trip and getting stuff and the place i made reference too was hiding it. You're saying this place is advertising it. With the way the 3 tier system works distributors would come down with the wrath of god on something like that...unless they're not as harsh as some of the people here in Chicago
  7. ShortHop

    ShortHop Initiate (128) Apr 24, 2008 Illinois

    Dylan's in Chicago. In their defense, I read a website that called it a "Craft beer bar" - I don't know that they promote themselves that way.

    It was nearby and I had to meet someone in the area.

    The best they had was Bell's Brown, Anchor Steam, and a Sam Adams. Weak.
  8. tripeldubya

    tripeldubya Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2009 Pennsylvania

  9. westcoastbeerlvr

    westcoastbeerlvr Poo-Bah (1,785) Oct 19, 2010 California

    My local:

    The worst thing is that a lot of people think this place has gone way down hill...
  10. CTBeerPope

    CTBeerPope Aspirant (239) Jan 30, 2012 Connecticut
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    Maybe they need a BA like urself to broaden their horizon? It's easy to criticize people and places for their shortcomings. It could be a place that indeed is trying to just capitalize off the rise of craft beer but for some reason I have a feeling that's not the case since they actually wrote BMC offerings on the board. You never know man, if you really want this to be a go-to local then I'd highly suggest trying to meet the staff, mgmt etc. Maybe u can help them out.
  11. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (84) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    OP is hilarious
  12. ZachOfAllTrades

    ZachOfAllTrades Initiate (135) Dec 30, 2012 Indiana

    BMC customers are far more likely to be introduced to craft with a taplist like that than a place that exclusively offers craft. Because, he honest, that place that offers only craft will never even get their foot traffic. It may be a 'dupe' for BAs, but may be an open door for a curious BMC drinker.
  13. Boozecamel

    Boozecamel Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    What! No more Armoured Fist. Sooooo glad I moved to Canada
  14. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2005 Connecticut

    FYI - Beer prices and taxes are generally higher in NY. Check on the price differences of brands like Stone and others...and we generally put anything around 8% or more in our house 13.5 ounce glass = 12 ounce pour = head. Not everyone pays attention or realizes what the higher alcohol beers can do to you or even what alcohol % is in 'normal' beer.
  15. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    He already has a pizza joing, so why not add good beer?

    And, yes, it would be illegal to sell KY beer in WV. WV wants their excise taxes.
  16. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    It's not really my place to go in and tell them I think they should carry better craft beer. Who knows, they might very well be successful with what they have, all I was really pointing out was the irony of their Millions of Beers name.
  17. CTBeerPope

    CTBeerPope Aspirant (239) Jan 30, 2012 Connecticut
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    All good man. Being in the biz myself the customer is the reason we exist. The name is kinda weird tho.
  18. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    I did it with a place that opened last summer. They didnt carry any BMC, so it was obvious they were trying to be a real craft beer bar, however, he had far too many "accessible" craft beers. I told the owner he needed to up his game, that while those beers had a place in his lineup, they were overweighted. He listened (probably wasnt JUST me telling him this) and his lineup now runs the entire craft beer gamut. He focuses on American-made craft beer, so he doesnt have any Belgians or whatever else, but within the American craft lineup, he has a good diversity.

    And the place has gone from sparse to packed. Part of that is time and name rec, of course, but I know some people who were turned off by their first impression.

    Dont be afraid as a consumer to tell the retailer what you want. They can ignore you if you give a stupid suggestion.
  19. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I dunno, I would just feel strange walking in a place I've never been before and start giving them pointers on what beer they should be ordering.
  20. TheSixthRing

    TheSixthRing Poo-Bah (2,409) Sep 24, 2008 California

    Damn beer bars and their blackboard chalkings! If I ever open up a beer bar, I'm bucking the trend and rocking a whiteboard with markers!
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  21. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    HF style?

  22. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,639) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    I saw that same list and knew it culdn't be true, but mainly thanks to the folks here. In AC Mussel Bar at Revel is my craft spot on the boardwalk.
  23. cway2031

    cway2031 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Illinois

    Thank God for Map Room
  24. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (616) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    It took a while but I found the Millions of beers. They list 17 drafts and suggest "Try a Mix." If you are limited to two beers in the mix at half each 16x17= hundreds of beers (272)
    But ( work with me here) if you start mixing say four beers 17x 16x15x14 = thousands of beers. (57120)
    That's assuming equal parts of each beer in the mix.
    When you consider unequal blends and you might even hit billions.
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  25. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Get out of here with that math!
  26. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    The owner started the conversation with me, but I didnt hold back. Im a regular now, he comes out of his way to talk to me whenever Im in. We talk football and business.
  27. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Oh if I were ever asked I would answer truthfully for sure. Problem is I wouldn't go in there enough for them to care enough to ask me.
  28. rlcoffey

    rlcoffey Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2004 Kentucky

    It was either my 1st or 2nd time in when I told him. It wasnt like "your selection sucks" but more like "I think you can be more daring with your selections". That said, big difference between the place Im talking about, which was clearly aiming at being a true craft beer bar, and the one you are talking about. The place Im talking about started with 20 taps and zero BMC beers, so he was already committed to not cater to everyone. Talking him into being more daring was merely convincing him to follow what he wanted to do. He was playing it too safe at first.
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  29. CHickman

    CHickman Poo-Bah (2,510) Jan 7, 2009 New York

    This tip about a great place made reading this thread worth it; I will be working in Malvern in a few weeks and can't wait to go to TJ's. Thanks
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  30. alesafe88

    alesafe88 Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2009 New York

    Where is that??
  31. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Where in Pa is this?
  32. spartan1979

    spartan1979 Disciple (302) Dec 29, 2005 Missouri

    If it was called "Millions of DIFFERENT Beers" then I'd be mad. But for all I know they may have several million bottles of Miller Lite in the basement.
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  33. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (447) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    I do want to start my own bar with mostly Italian offerings! I think I might do well if I was to do it right! :grinning:
  34. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    All you need is some Xyauyu and Tipopils on draft, not much you do after that will matter, the bar will always be full! :wink:
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  35. mhksuccess

    mhksuccess Zealot (579) Jul 7, 2012 California
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    Levitation *CASK Amber Ale dry hopped w/Centennial Stone 4.4 Pint 6.5
    Old Ruffian Barley Wine Style Ale Great Divide 11.80 Snifter 5.5
    Colette Farmhouse Ale Great Divide 7.3 Tulip 5.5
    Hercules Double IPA Great Divide 10 Goblet 6
    Espresso Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide 9.5 Snifter 5.5
    Hibernation Ale English Style Old Ale Great Divide 8.7 Goblet 5.5
    04 Golden Road Hef Hefeweizen Golden Road 4.6 Pint 6
    01 Scrimshaw German Pilsner North Coast 4.4 Pint 5
    03 Yellowtail Kolsch Ballast Point 4.6 Pint 5
    06 Helles Helles Lager Hangar 24 4.4 Pint 5.5
    55 GRB Berliner Weisse Berliner Weisse Golden Road 2.9 Tulip 6.5
    12 TAPS Cream Cream Ale TAPS 5.3 Pint 5.5
    02 Orange Wheat Wheat Beer Hangar 24 4.6 Pint 5.5
    18 Boont Amber Amber Ale AVBC 5.8 Pint 5
    17 Steam Steam Beer Anchor 4.9 Pint 5.5
    27 Mark's Mild Mild Ale Anchor 4 Pint 6.5
    Bock Spring Bock Anchor 5.5 Pint 6
    Alt-Bier Altbier Hangar 24 6 Pint 6
    26 24th Street Pale Pale Ale Strand 6.1 Pint 6.5
    30 Get Up Offa That Brown Brown Ale Golden Road 5.5 Pint 6.5
    Brekle's Brown Brown Ale w/Citra Anchor 6 Pint 6
    32 Smoked Porter Porter Stone 5.9 Pint 6.5
    Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout Anchor 7.4 Pint 6.5
    31 Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout AVBC 5.7 Pint 5.5
    Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Sout Bourbon Barrel Stout Anderson Valley 5.8 Pint 6.5
    69 Old 38*Nitro Irish Dry Stout North Coast 5.6 Pint 5.5
    70 Old Rasputin*Nitro Russian Imperial Stout North Coast 9 Goblet 5.5
    Deciduous XPA Cismontane 4.5 Pint 5.5
    Tanilla Porter American Porter Knee Deep 6.3 Pint 6.5
    Liberty Pale Ale Anchor 6 Pint 6.5
    25 Pale Ale Pale Ale Sierra Nevada 5.6 Pint 6.5
    The Perfect Crime Black Smoked Saison Stone Collab 6.8 Tulip 6
    27 Black Phoenix Chipotle Espresso Stout Bootlegger's 6.7 Goblet 5.5
    24 Liberty Pale Ale Anchor 6 Pint 5.5
    32 Black's Dawn Coffee Stout Cismontane 8.5 Goblet 5.5
    40 Protector IPA Enegren 7.5 Pint 6.5
    39 Union Jack IPA Firestone 7.5 Pint 6
    37 Alesmith IPA IPA Alesmith 7.2 Pint 6.5
    10 West Coast IPA IPA Green Flash 7 Pint 5.5
    46 Newport Rebellion (NV) Single Hop IPA Bear Republic 6 Pint 6.5
    45 Wipeout IPA Port 7 Pint 5.5
    42 Lagunitas IPA IPA Lagunitas 5.7 Pint 5
    09 Racer 5 IPA Bear Republic 7 Pint 5
    36 Columbus IPA IPA Hangar 24 7 Pint 6
    42 Coulter IPA Rye IPA Cismontane 7.2 Pint 6.5
    08 Point The Way IPA IPA Golden Road 5.2 Pint 6
    40 Hop Rod Rye Rye IPA Bear Republic 8 Pint 5.5
    47 Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA Stone 8.7 Tulip 6.5
    46 Idiot IPA Double IPA Coronado 8 Tulip 6.5
    07 Pliny the Elder Double IPA Russian River 8 Tulip 6.5
    45 Evil Cousin Double IPA Heretic 8 Tulip 6.5
    44 Palate Wrecker Double IPA Green Flash 9 Tulip 6.5
    49 Hoppy Daze Belgian IPA Coronado 9 Tulip 6.5
    48 Double Jack Double IPA Firestone 9.5 Goblet 6.5
    05 Manifesto Witbier Eagle Rock 5.7 Tulip 5.5
    11 La Saison Saison Smog City 5.8 Tulip 6.5
    Gift of the Magi Biere de Garde Lost Abbey 9.5 Goblet 6.5
    50 Mischief Belgian Pale The Bruery 8.5 Tulip 6.5
    Lumen Belgian Pale w/jasmine Monkish 7.2 Tulip 6.5
    Reserve Wheat Wild Ale Telegraph 5 Goblet 6.5
    Ovila Barrel Aged Dubbel Sierra Nevada 7.5 Goblet 6.5
    53 Tripel Belgian Tripel Brouwerij West 8.5 Tulip 6.5
    57 Grand Cru Belgian Style Strong Alesmith 10 Snifter 6.5
    Midnight Special Scotch Ale on Nitro Ladyface 9.5 Goblet 6.5
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    Trappestine Belgian Style Dark Ale Ladyface 9.5 Goblet 6.5
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    59 Double Bastard American Strong Ale Stone 11.1 Snifter 6.5
    Oktoberfest Oktoberfest Ballast Point Pint 5.5
    this is place by my house i like to go to they have a couple brews on tap lol
  36. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Devotee (447) Feb 24, 2011 New Jersey

    And decorating it in good Italian fashion too!

    Speaking of Xyauyu, my favorite store has the barrel aged one so I plan to pick that up soon.
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  37. BigGene

    BigGene Initiate (0) Oct 30, 2010 Florida

    So is it ok if a NEW beer bar bills itself as a Craft beer and specialty whisky bar to sell PBR cans and have BMC on tap next to the craft lineup? I ask because we have a new place here in Orlando, Eternal Tap. They marketed themselves before they opened as a craft beer mecca and the first picture I see from opening night has multiple PBR cans sitting on the bar. WTF! Sort of offended me. What do you think
  38. grilledsquid

    grilledsquid Devotee (485) Jul 10, 2009 California
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    out of curiosity, does the place you speak of have a name that consists of two words with the first name spelled with consonants that happen to be the first three letters of your user name?
  39. Spaghett

    Spaghett Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2011 California

    Damn...dassum good stuff.
  40. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    This is Racer's Cafe, about a 10 minute drive north of Baltimore, MD.
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