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Old 01-12-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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The other day I was at my favorite local restaurant, Wilde, on Broadway here in Chicago. The shepherd's pie is awesome and they have plenty of Guiness to go with it.

On this occasion, however, I decided to go a slightly different route and order a couple of Smithwick's in lieu of the usual Guiness. When I went to the bar to order one, which I'd done before and had no complications, the bartender, who was about my age (26 or27), looked at me like I had a monkey on my shoulder and snidely replied, "We don't have Smithwicks, but we have 'Smitticks'."

At first I took it in stride, thinking he might be Irish or something and he was trying to be funny. So, as I return for my next round, I ask another bartender for a Smithwicks. Same reply.

Now, I know I live in Lakeview/Lincoln Park and I shouldn't be surprised to run into some snobby people every once and a while, but I thought it was pretty ridiculous to have two different dudes try to correct me and sound cool when all I wanted was a beer... and I'm the one tipping them... And I probably know more about beer than both of them...

Anybody else ever run into beer snobbery like this?


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Old 01-12-2009, 08:53 PM   #2
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The other day I was at my favorite local restaurant, Wilde, on Broadway here in Chicago. The shepherd's pie is awesome and they have plenty of Guiness to go with it.

On this occasion, however, I decided to go a slightly different route and order a couple of Smithwick's in lieu of the usual Guiness. When I went to the bar to order one, which I'd done before and had no complications, the bartender, who was about my age (26 or27), looked at me like I had a monkey on my shoulder and snidely replied, "We don't have Smithwicks, but we have 'Smitticks'."

At first I took it in stride, thinking he might be Irish or something and he was trying to be funny. So, as I return for my next round, I ask another bartender for a Smithwicks. Same reply.

Now, I know I live in Lakeview/Lincoln Park and I shouldn't be surprised to run into some snobby people every once and a while, but I thought it was pretty ridiculous to have two different dudes try to correct me and sound cool when all I wanted was a beer... and I'm the one tipping them... And I probably know more about beer than both of them...

Anybody else ever run into beer snobbery like this?


The faux beer snob. You are getting off easy. If they actually knew anything, they would know both pronunciations were acceptable.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:56 PM   #3
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That reminds of me every time I order a "Who-Garden" and people correct me and get me a "HOE-GARDEN"

Funny.

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Also, next time, get Murphy's. Puts Guinness to shame.

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Old 01-12-2009, 08:58 PM   #5
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I gave up on trying to educate the beer ignorant a long time ago. Most of the time it's not worth the effort.

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Not a fan of that bar - mostly because of the crowd but I would have told them to **** off

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:01 PM   #7
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Not a fan of that bar - mostly because of the crowd but I would have told them to **** off
Ya, as a bar its just alright. I live right around the corner so I like to go there for dinner every once and a while, awesome atmosphere. However, not awesome employees.

This was one of those situations where you can't think of anything witty to say until you've already walked away and its too late...
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Old 01-12-2009, 09:01 PM   #8
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That happens a lot at Irish Pubs. I often ask for SmiTHWicks to see what they say. Usually they'll say Smitticks? Sure! but not in a condescending way. The guy probably thought he was all cool and trying to show you up or teach you something.

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Old 01-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #10
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I don't know if this is yuppie-type snobbery or just Irish purism. Was the guy Irish? If he has an Irish accent, next time tell him you love his English accent and that you always admired Princess Diana. See what he says or does.

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