Is There a Limit to Tasters? & 9 Pieces of Taproom Etiquette
Hey Goldielocks! Are you always concerned that you are tasting too many beers before you find the one that is just right? Here is a bit of taproom etiquette from the taproom experts themselves to help you feel more comfortable and confident.
By Just Beer Community Collection on Nov. 24, 2016
So is there a rule about how many tasters you should order? Is there other taproom etiquette breweries want us to know?
I encourage people to try a few beers, two to four, before getting a full glass. I would not be offended if they tried all of our beers.
-Adam Harrington, Mother Road Brewing, Flagstaff, AZ
“My advice is always, ‘Give it a try!’ That is what we are here to do — pour and talk about our beers. More than just what the beer is, we try to explain why we make that specific beer.”
-Jon Mansfield, War Horse Brewing, Seneca Lake, New York
In terms of etiquette, what else do breweries want us to know? Chris Labbe at Periodic Brewing in Leadville, Colorado, offers:
Nine Things to Consider in a Taproom or Brewpub:
- Be patient and provide feedback if the beers are not perfect in a place that is new.
- Understand that sometimes we are doing things differently for a reason.
- Beer is not supposed to be served cold (not even an American Lager) or in an iced glass.
- Think about the difference between “I don’t like” and “It’s not good.”
- Brewers love to talk about our beer. Ask questions and be prepared to listen.
- “Have” is a 4-letter word … as in “you have to have pool tables to be a good bar.”
- There is no such thing as “watered down” beer. Find another adjective to help us understand the flaw you are experiencing.
- Always drink IPAs last.
- Understand that we sell high ABV beer in smaller portions because: a) They are more expensive to make b) We want everyone to get home safely
Read the original article by Jess Baker at Craft Beer.com
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