Craft beer is a new and exciting world, with new microbreweries opening across the country every day. The art of these local, homemade brews is that creativity comes first, followed by invention. In other words, large corporations have a place in the alcohol market, but local establishments are taking root, and new beer culture is emerging.
If you're new to the scene, don't worry; there are no hard and fast rules. There are a few guidelines to follow to help you feel more at ease when ordering your first craft beer packs. Consider the following mistakes to avoid:
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1. Failure to request samples.
A microbrewery relies on its guests enjoying alcohol. If you buy a beer and hate it, the chances of you coming back or talking loudly about the place are not great. That's why most bartenders are happy to hand out samples to diners who are genuinely interested in buying a good drink.
So don't be afraid to ask for a sample or two. The general rule is, to be honest with your critique and keep your sample requests tidy when the bartender can pay attention to your taste buds.
2. Ask the bartender for a recommendation without explanation.
It never hurts to ask for recommendations. However, problems arise when your query is too broad. For example: "What do you recommend?" blurry and too wide. Every taste is different and no bartender knows exactly what your taste buds like.
If you want advice, tell your waiter what you like about beer. Knowing whether you like light or dark beer is a good start. Pale ale is also a good place to start. And if you don't know, go back to the sample and be honest if you liked the sample. Or not.
3. Not telling the truth about practice.
Back to point number two. If you want a sample to determine which craft beer to order, you have to be honest about whether you like the sample. If you don't like this example, don't be afraid to speak up. Be as specific as possible about what you don't like about the bartender. Remember to be polite.