If you opened a bar, which beers would you have on tap?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by raynmoon, May 21, 2012.

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  1. leantom

    leantom Champion (848) Nov 20, 2011 Indiana
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    Easy breezy:

    IPA: Two-Hearted Ale
    Troegs: Amber Ale
    Tripel (Belgian): Merry Monks or Allagash
    Stout: Storm King

    ...and............... wait for it... wait for it...

    Cider: Angry Orchard Apple Ginger
  2. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands


    At Christmas, KKKK and SSS as well.
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  3. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Shit, missed the just 5 and from different breweries bit.

    Courage X
    Fullers AK
    Whitbread PA
    Truman Runner
    Barclay Perkins BSt
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  4. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Very cool thread. I'm gonna keep to the locally available year round brews...

    Surly Furious
    Founder's Porter
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Summit EPA
    Great Divide Yeti
  5. canoale

    canoale Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2010 Ohio

    If this was the real world , you can ask but don't expect to recieve . You more or less get whatever your distributor has . Granted if your dist is a good one you get better choices, sometimes.and remember with the 3 tier system your stuck with yours. And then there's the grandfather clause that you don't qualify for . But I guess we are just spitballing here any way ..

    Cheers all
  6. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Lime-A-Rita x5! Boom...
  7. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Hey asshole! Stick to the question!

    I do own a bar, and I have on tap currently:
    Goose Island Matilda
    Southern Tier Gemini
    Keweenaw Brewing Company Pick Axe Blonde
    Bell's Two Hearted
    Short's Soft Parade
    Bell's Cherry Stout

    On deck:
    Southern Tier Jahva
    Brewery Vivant Oak Aged Triumphe
    Goose Island Fleur
    Oddside Ales Mayan Mocha Stout
  8. cubbyswans

    cubbyswans Aspirant (238) Jun 10, 2008 Missouri
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    If I am opening the bar, why would I limit myself to 5 taps. Sounds like a shitty beer bar concept to me. I would expect to be out of business soon, regardless of what I put on tap.
  9. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Lots of bars only have a small tap selection....
  10. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    As opposed to opening a beer bar with 30 taps, and going through them once every six months, serving people stale beer, and or having to pour out what isn't good anymore because it's been on too long. Depending on bar size/restaurant size, location, clientele, etc, etc, 5 taps could be MORE than enough. Just my .02 cents.

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  11. FishPondManager

    FishPondManager Aspirant (246) Feb 28, 2012 Colorado
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    Keeping it in state:

    Odell IPA
    OB Deviant Dales
    Funkwerks Saison
    GD Yeti
    Dry Dock Hefe
  12. Mealhouse

    Mealhouse Aspirant (296) Feb 19, 2012 Minnesota
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    1. Surly Furious (Abrasive when it is seasonal)
    2. Stone Subliminally Self-Righteous Ale
    3. Steel Toe Rainmaker
    4. Central Waters Seasonal (BB Stout, BBBW, Peruvian Morning, BB Cherry Stout and so on)
    5. Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale
  13. youbrewidrink

    youbrewidrink Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Alchemist Heady Topper
    Lawson's Triple Play IPA
    Trapp Helles Lager
    St Ambroise Apricot Ale
    Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel

    I am such a f#%*ing Homer.
  14. aubuc1

    aubuc1 Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2007 Florida

    I would rotate the following styles while trying to always have at least one beer on tap from the biggest craft names like Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, etc. to create some gateway opportunities:

    Belgian Misc.

    That being said, living in the Tampa Bay Area, I would have these right now:
    Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City
    Anchor Porter
    Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    Sierra Nevada Big Foot
    Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
  15. trginter

    trginter Aspirant (276) Dec 1, 2008 Michigan
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    Two Hearted
    Founders Pale Ale
    Founders Breakfast Stout
    Short's Rotating
  16. drperry11

    drperry11 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    great lakes dortmunder gold
    voodoos big black voodoo daddy or black magic
    bells two hearted
    great lakes edmund fitzgerald
    voodoo white magik of the sun
  17. TheFlern

    TheFlern Initiate (0) May 9, 2009 Idaho

    Black Butte Porter
    Odell IPA
    Fat Tire

    all are easily available, cheap, widely appealing, and easy to drink. turnover would be no problem and i could do some really cheap deals on the PBR to get people into the bar. i'd sell street tacos, sliders, fries, onion rings, and some sort of chip/dip thing.
  18. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I can't for the life of me understand how anyone responded to this list with anything other than a list of 5 beers. How some BA's saw past the fun of this and started calling out others answers/picking apart the logic of the OP makes me shake my head and chuckle, but I digress.....My 5 taps would all be semi-local, no further south of RI than New York and no further north of RI than Vermont.

    Flower Power
    Smutttynose Porter
    Long Trail Ale
    Pretty Things Jack D'or

    I think that line-up would keep a lot of craft drinkers happy in Providence.
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  19. NJOssie

    NJOssie Aspirant (210) Feb 28, 2012 New Jersey

    I love rotating taps...

    I'd have a rotating tap for 2 local breweries (Kane and Carton) and then a Founders line, an Allagash line and Sixpoint or Weyerbacher line probably.

    plus a firkin/pin every Friday.
  20. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Duck Rabbit Hoppy Bunny - Black IPA
    Thirsty Dog Siberian Night - Stout
    Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald - Porter
    Mother Earth Sunny Haze - Hefeweizen
    Uinta Hop Notch - IPA

    In reserve Id have Mystery Mousqeton (Tripel), Fullsteam Working Man's Lunch (Brown Ale), and Bell's Oarsman (Tart Wheat).
  21. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (152) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    Heavy Seas Peg Leg
    Rotating local/specialty beer
    Flying Dog Raging Bitch
    Victory Prima Pils

    ...also, I'd be my own best customer.
  22. BlackIIPAJK

    BlackIIPAJK Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Arizona

    Beg to differ...the best Craft Beer bar in Tucson is 1702 and they have 50 taps...once something is tapped it usually doesnt last a week!

    1.) FW Doublejack
    2.) Stone Subliminal Self Righteous
    3.) Left Hand Smokejumper
    4.) Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    5.) Ballast Point Sculpin
  23. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    No-one going for an XXXX? I thought you liked your beers strong. I know I do.

    Here's a high-grav selection:

    William Younger 160/-
    Barclay Perkins IBSt
    Aventinus Eisbock
    Pretty Things 1832 XXXX
    Fuller's Old Burton Extra
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  24. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,024) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Not sure an SS or KKK beer is gonna go over so well here Ron... yeh know? At least you didn't list a POS. :wink:
  25. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Funny you should mention those. Two I'd love to get brewed. If they just had other names.

    OBE. That's not offensive, is it?
  26. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I would build a time machine in order to source the following:


    Maclay 60
    Maclay 70
    Caledonian Double Amber
    Belhaven 90
    Brakspear Bitter (from the original Henley-on-Thames brewery)
    Adnams Extra
    Young's Bitter (Ram Ram Brewery)
    Old Peculier (circa 1982 from Masham)
    Shepherd Neame Bitter
    King and Barnes Festive


    Ballantine IPA
    Grant's Scottish ALe
    Grant's IPA
    Schultheiss Berliner Weisse
    Pilsner Urquell (pre 1990s and from the wooden barrel)
    Dortmunder Kronen Export

    That should just about do it.
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  27. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,024) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Not unless you're a part of the Galactic Empire. :wink:

    (Oh, sorry -- that would be Obi, wouldn't it? I'm more a Raiders fan... :grinning:)
  28. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    No need to beg, I get your point. It's all dependent on what your market can handle. There is a sweet spot there tho, as to how much you can have on and still keep it fresh, and as the brewer intended.

  29. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (526) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    You're a man after my own heart. In both beer and bending laws of physics ways.

    Having the advantage of being an old twat, I was lucky enough to try 7 from the cask list. Brakspear Ordinary was great stuff. A classic southern Bitter.

    I'm so glad I drank Maclay 60/-. At the time, becasue it was a rare Scottish Dark Mild. Now, because it was a genuine Alloa Ale.

    Never that wild about Shepherd Neame. I'm more pleased to have had Fremlin's.

    As for King and Barnes. I fight back the tears every time I think of their closure. Top, top brewery.

    My time machine would be set for 1740.
  30. codon2004

    codon2004 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2011 Massachusetts

    5 is tough...

    1- Bud Light... you have to have something for everyone. If a bunch of people order water or stay away because they're scared of my beers, I'm losing money.
    2- Sam Adams Seasonal... you have to have this around here. Huge appeal for people who kind of like beer.
    3- Ipswich Oatmeal Stout... I would keep the last 3 lines as local, rotating craft lines, and would like to usually have a stout or porter or schwarz or anything dark... this is a good start.
    4- Slumbrew Flagraiser... this would be the rotating IPA line. And this is a great IPA that, at the same time, I think is still palatable for the wider masses.
    5- Hill Farmstead Ephraim... this would be the rotating beer geek line. A high ABV beer with lots of buzz that people can't get many places... something to draw the beer geeks in.
  31. Mattmc1973

    Mattmc1973 Initiate (171) Jun 4, 2008 Michigan
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    Unfortunately those are all the same beer, from the same tank...

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  32. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (745) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    Exactly. If I created the thread with an unlimited amount of taps everyone would just name off every great beer in the book.
  33. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (745) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    From northern california:

    1) Pliny the Elder
    2) Sierra Nevada Old Chico Crystal Wheat
    3) Old Rasputin RIS
    4) Firestone 31 Pale Ale
    5) Lost Abbey Inferno Ale
  34. actone2001

    actone2001 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2005 California

    OB Dales Pale Ale
    Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich
    RR Supplication
    Left Hand Milk Stout
    Lost Coast Great White

    It's got something for everybody (more or less).
  35. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    I drank Maclay 60/- whenever I saw it which wasn't all that often. It was a rarity even among Maclay pubs. Even my wife, who was and is virtually teetotal, still says it was probably the most delicious beer she ever drank.The 70/- was also distinctive and reasonably bitter considering how clean it was. And I can't believe I forgot the Oat Malt Stout which was just outstandingly chocolately and balanced for such a complex beer.

    Loved King and Barnes. Their Brown Ale was a heart stopper.

    As for Belhaven 90/-, well, that was a typo. Meant it to be Belhaven 80/- just the way Sandy Hunter made it. That pineapply nose was just the best.
  36. CaptJackHarkness

    CaptJackHarkness Defender (611) Aug 18, 2011 New York

    First: In the real world and only 5 taps, if you're gonna stay in business you have 5 taps of BMC brands!
    Second, if you really want to fantasize : Open your own BREWPUB!
    My personal what ifs : Blue Point Toasted Lager, Long Ireland Celtic Ale, Great South Bay Blonde Ambition, Fire Island Red Wagon I.P.A. and Guiness Foreign Extra! (Gotta make a buck profit somewhere!)
  37. silentjay

    silentjay Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2008 Massachusetts

    every city/town has these beers on tap in many dive bars that change ownership ever few months. If that's you business plan, you may not want to become an entrepreneur. copying other businesses can be a good idea if the market isn't already saturated, but I think the dive bar market (at least everyplace in the country I've visited) has been well represented and overly saturated.

    you would break even opening a business like this.
  38. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (573) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Do you own a bar? Plus the fact is I don't want to own a bar (but if I did, it would have macros on the menu, the area I live in, most of the locals drink macros)I was just answering the OP's question, maybe you should not take internet beer questions so seriously, have a beer...A Bud Light perhaps?
  39. Bobheed

    Bobheed Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2010 Texas

    Pale 31
    Pliny the Elder
    Palo Santo Marron
    Parabola (this would be my rotating limited release tap)

    EDIT: didn't even realize all the Ps
  40. muletrane

    muletrane Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2006 Pennsylvania


    Ithaca Flower Power
    Founders Double Trouble
    Weyerbacher Insanity
    Stone IRS
    Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza
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