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Old 04-16-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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So my lady and I are eating at a small chain pizza place with a pretty decent draft beer selection. I order a French Broad Brewing Company Altbier (which I've never had) and she gets a Victory Hopdevil. The waiter, a friendly college age kid, brings out two very hoppy IPAs. After tasting mine, I ask him if he brought out two Hopdevils by mistake, and he says no, that mine is the altbier. I was doubtful, but I thought maybe the folks at French Broad brewing took some creative license. For my next beer I order a Rogue Dead Guy (which I've had many times) and he brings out an orange/red, very tart, almost lambic beer. I told him that I believed that he poured me a beer from the Rogue Dead Guy tap, but that this wasn't it. He was very polite, but I could tell that he was thinking what a tool I was. Has this type of thing ever happened to you, and how big of a deal did you make of it? Am I being a beer penis?

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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Beer doesn't have a penis. Yeast reproduce asexually.

I ordered, very specifically, a pint of Guinness at an Applebee's recently. The waitress brought me a bottle of Guinness and no glass. I flagged down a manager, who asked me why it mattered. It took a bit of restraint to not just break the bottle over his head, but I eventually settled on telling him that a pint was 16 ounces, and that the bottle was only 12. I was polite about it, and he ended up bringing me a glass of Guinness (which was quite a bit larger than 16 ounces) from the tap for free.

However, had the waitress brought me a glass of Killians (Applebee's doesn't have the best beer selection) I would have been pretty pissed.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:26 AM   #3
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You are not a big penis! French Broad Altbier is not overly hoppy like a hopdevil. He probably made a mistake.

I have had that happen to me before here in Asheville when there was a new trainee at the Mellow Mushroom. It wasn't that big of a deal, I ordered a Highland Cold Mountain, and he brought me a Highland Gaelic, wasn't that big of a deal plus I got a free beer.

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:28 AM   #4
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I have not had exactly this happen, but three times in the past year I have been out to eat and ordered whatever the bar had that was most drinkable (Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, whatever) and the waiter brought me what was clearly a Bud. I would ask about it and they always say no, that is a xxxx. I always tell send it back and order a tea instead. This has a happened at different restaurants. I wonder if they don't know, or if they are trying to sell me a $2 beer for $4.50. I wonder how often it works and no one complains.

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You know what you're drinking, he doesn't.....you might come off as a dick to him, but you're not. I had something similar happen to me at a basketball game. I'm sure to him, I was a complete douche-bag. My dad and I asked him the same thing, "are you sure you have the correct keg connected to the correct tap? This beer tastes like that one...."

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Well, on the one hand in a "small chain pizza place" you're probably going to be served by Marvin Sweatsock, whose idea of beer probably begins & ends with Bud Light......so to him beer is beer.
(Parenthetically, you must have a pretty cool "small chain pizza place" if it has ANY of the beers mentioned.)
On the other hand, no matter where you are, you have every expectation of receiving the beer you ordered (and are going to pay for).

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And you're just fine, as long as you didn't drink 2/3 of it before complaining about the beer.....

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Knowing somethig about beer sucks. I dont eat out anymore, since i brew. Its not the same. I remember a simpler time when sam adams was a snazzy snobby beer.

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Here's where I know that I am a little obsessed with my beer: I was seriously considering going home and bringing a bottle of Rogue Dead Guy back with me to show him that I wasn't crazy. This is when my lady told me that I was a penis and that she would leave me if I did.

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I don't think you were out of line, either, for asking. Its not like you were insistent and rude to him.

IMO, I'd say the kegs weren't connected right or they ran out of the beers you ordered and put another "specialty beer" (at least in their eyes) in its place thinking it didn't really make a difference.

They're usually tell you if they do that, though. usually...

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