Wearing brewery t-shirts at that or other breweries

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by nsheehan, Jun 26, 2013.


It's Not OK to...

  1. wear a brewpub shirt at that brewpub.

  2. wear a brewery's shirt at the brewery.

  3. wear another brew-places shirt at a different brew-place.

  4. screw it, wear whatever.

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  1. nsheehan

    nsheehan Savant (1,182) Jul 3, 2011 Texas

    A kind of esoteric question, but what are people's thoughts on wearing brewery/brewpub clothing at a brewery/brewpub (from the same brewery or another)? This is a question intended for any BA, not just breweriana people. My loose brewery/brewpub distinction comes from living in TX for the last 10 months.

    For instance, I was once told by another BA not to wear a t-shirt from a brewpub when going there because I risked being confused as a staff member.

    On the other hand, it's cool to wear a t-shirt from a brewery when visiting to show your support, right? How about wearing a t-shirt from a different brewery (e.g. wearing Stone shirt at SN)?
    I'm (proudly) guilty of wearing a Hofbrau shirt at Guinness in Dublin.
  2. bryanole27

    bryanole27 Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2011 North Carolina

    I pretty much constantly wear beer shirts, but do try to avoid wearing the same shirt as the place I go to. Kind of like wearing a band shirt of the concert you're at. Don't want to be Mr. Super-Fan.
    Phoenix2443, JrGtr, JohnnyMc and 21 others like this.
  3. Utley12

    Utley12 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I wear brewery shirts when I'm away from work. I try not to wear a brewery shirt if I'm going to said brewery. Otherwise I see no problem with it (and sometimes it's an easy icebreaker with other BA's/ good beer enthusiasts).
  4. cookiequiz

    cookiequiz Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2013 California

    I cannot understand the appeal of wearing branded apparel unless you're working there.
  5. Chaz

    Chaz Grand Pooh-Bah (3,532) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    To borrow a line from the would-be classic "P.C.U.":

    "You're gonna wear the shirt of the brewery you're going to? Don't be that guy!"

    Seriously though, as long as you wear -something- who really gives a rip?
  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    What's this? You're wearing the shirt of the brewery you're going to visit? Don't be that guy.
  7. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    Wow you must make your own clothes
  8. draheim

    draheim Grand Pooh-Bah (3,979) Sep 18, 2010 Washington

    Here's what I do.
    I wear St. Louis Cardinals apparel to Denver Broncos games.
    I wear Chicago Blackhawks apparel to L.A. Laker games.
    I wear Levi's when I shop at the Gap.
    I wear military cammies to beach parties.
    I wear a chef's hat to church.
    I use my NPR tote bag at Whole Foods.
    I dress up as a clown at work.
    The list goes on.
    luwak, huhl23, iJyuken and 42 others like this.
  9. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Not uncommon.
    luwak, JrGtr, klaybie and 25 others like this.
  10. LeRose

    LeRose Grand Pooh-Bah (3,427) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    Not sure I understand the premise here. What's the big deal about wearing a brewery/pub shirt when you go there?

    I use my Tractor Supply tote bags at Whole Foods, NPR would be for WalMart.
    luwak, dianimal, Slatetank and 2 others like this.
  11. spitshaded

    spitshaded Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2012 Virginia

    That's the first thing that came to my mind. I actually posted a video of that scene, but it got deleted... Guess I broke some rule or something.
  12. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    I think I stumbled across an immature thread
  13. YieldToNothing

    YieldToNothing Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2013 New York

    i wear pearl jam shirts everywhere
    frothyhead, ALeF, KWMiles and 6 others like this.
  14. Bnoise11

    Bnoise11 Initiate (0) Dec 25, 2012 California

  15. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue Initiate (0) May 1, 2011 Maine

    I saw a dude wear a Miller Lite hat to a Smuttynose brewery tour.
    davemont, Burkbom23, smutty33 and 2 others like this.
  16. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    He must be cool:-)
    fernz18 likes this.
  17. DerekMorgan

    DerekMorgan Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2013 Massachusetts

    I wear a PBR hat all the time, I just like the hat
    RobertColianni likes this.
  18. TheGoof

    TheGoof Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Michigan

    Friends of mine who work at breweries often wear shirts of other breweries while working (back of the house) or hanging out at their own breweries. Most craft breweries love other craft breweries. They don't see each other as rivals, and they don't frown on you wearing apparel of other breweries at their place. Quite the opposite actually, in my experience.
    glaze3, Fahz, pumpkin1 and 7 others like this.
  19. bramsdell

    bramsdell Initiate (0) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    Don't wear that brewery's shirt. It's like wearing a band's shirt to their own concert.
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  20. JoeyBeerBelly

    JoeyBeerBelly Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 New York

    To be on the safe side I would just wear this shirt...

    ggfunk, Jt1234, huhl23 and 35 others like this.
  21. TongoRad

    TongoRad Grand Pooh-Bah (3,848) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Pooh-Bah Society Trader

    If this were the 1970s I'd assume that hat looks something like this:

    Then again, now that more and more craft breweries are canning , maybe it's about time for those to come back in style...
  22. ChugginOil

    ChugginOil Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2010 Illinois

    People that bat an eye to those who wear brewery shirts to said brewery must be bored. Nothing wrong with maxing out support for your favorite breweries. I'll be that guy all day long and won't give two shits, or three.
  23. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    I always wear dodger jerseys at giants games just makes sense.
    blguillen and Topher78 like this.
  24. thirstygator

    thirstygator Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2012 Florida

    I only go on BA for fashion advice.
    JohnnyMc, AnchorBaby, ediaz and 10 others like this.
  25. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2009 New Jersey

    My decision as far as what t-shirt I wear is made by answering a simple question, "What's on top of the pile?"
    WWJPD, ncaudle, sjverla and 2 others like this.
  26. mCaudio

    mCaudio Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2010 Connecticut

    If you're worried about what the other person, or yourself is wearing, and not enjoying the reason you're there, (the beer), then it is time to reevaluate. It's not a fashion show, it's beer.
    CMUbrew, DMarlinJ and frazbri like this.
  27. MattyG85

    MattyG85 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2010 Minnesota

    Not in Minnesota!
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  28. jollygoodfellow

    jollygoodfellow Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    It's perfectly OK to wear a brewery shirt....anytime, anywhere. As long as you are prepared to answer any questions regarding that brewery's line-up of beers. Imagine the dismay with this interchange...
    Hey man, nice Lagunitas shirt. How did you like the UnderCover Shut Down ale this year?
    Uhmmm, well thanks man but the shirt was a Christmas present?
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  29. HansumFilly

    HansumFilly Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Indiana

    Just don't wear anything that says "Magic Hat", #9, #6, #99, #69, #96, #96669, anything the color orange, or anything with fruit or fruit-like images on it. Ain't nobody got time for that.
    otispdriftwood, BeerKangaroo and DanE like this.
  30. Etan

    Etan Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2011 Wisconsin

    I've been to many breweries and brewpubs where the brewers and staff wear apparel from other breweries. Not a big deal.
    VictorWisc, BeerKangaroo and TheGoof like this.
  31. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I'm not sure this is the best place to get your fashion advice. Haven't you ever been to a beer festival? We're not the best dressed people.
    JrGtr, jrnyc, dianimal and 3 others like this.
  32. stealth

    stealth Pooh-Bah (1,757) Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota

    I just saw this thread on concertadvocate.com!
    jrnyc, regularjohn, kirkse and 3 others like this.
  33. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    One of my local brew pubs sells a SHIT TON of T's, caps, and hoodies ( I often joke that when you move to Bellingham, Welcome Wagon issues a Boundary Bay T-shirt), and it's very rare to not see several folks wearing various gear. And the only problem with wearing a band shirt to the show is if you buy the shirt and put it on at the gig. If you have a shirt from a previous tour, wear that sucker with pride!
  34. Cjames88

    Cjames88 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I have a Fathead's shirt that says, "Beer Research Technician" written on the front. I wear it to all breweries hoping that I get free beer in the Name of Science.
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  35. shawnp

    shawnp Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota

    I have one brewery T shirt and I don't wear it often but I am proud of the brewery I support.
    brureview likes this.
  36. BKBassist

    BKBassist Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2013 New York

    Recently met Greg Koch while wearing a CCB Dickies work shirt. It was fine.
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  37. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    I work at a brewery. We wear whatever, and quite often it's another breweries swag. Good beer is good.
    brureview, TheGoof and Premo88 like this.
  38. Justinsosmart

    Justinsosmart Initiate (0) May 14, 2013 California

    I wore a PtE shirt to Marble Brewery in NM, and I got a "you must have high expectations". I try not to be that guy anymore haha.
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  39. mnbrewery

    mnbrewery Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2008 Minnesota

    Did you take that Ford or Chevy lettering off your car? Or the dealership name on the license plate holder? Or do you work at the plant or dealership?
  40. mnbrewery

    mnbrewery Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2008 Minnesota

    I would have said to you, "nice shirt"...and know that this guy likes good beer.
    Justinsosmart likes this.
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