The owner of a bar here in the Western suburbs of Chicago has asked me what kinds of craft beer he could bring into his bar. The bar is a local blue collar hangout: sports, hot wings, TVs, and a lot of BMC. He has six taps with Guiness, Spaten Oktoberfest, Lite, and a couple other BMC something-or-other. He had Goose 312 which he just switched to Summer Shandy.
Aside from a couple Mexican beers, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, everything in bottles is BMC. I told him the only difference between all those bottles is that they have different labels. Ha!
I dont see many of the regulars changing to craft beer, and I dont want the owner to get discouraged with craft beer that doesnt sell. When I go in there for a burger or to watch the Hawks I usually drink Spaten or Sierra Nevada. It would be nice for those of us who find ourselves in a local bar to have at least a small selection of good beer. I told him he could get a case of some different beer, and that wouldnt cost much. He probably isnt going to give up a tap just yet.
It is in our best interest to get bars like these to start stocking SOME craft beer, so, I am looking for a list of some beer that you think would help this bar out. Local would be good. A variety would be good.
Let me know what you think.