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Old 03-23-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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I've seen this before. I'm sure you all have seen it before, so this isn't ground-breaking, but it made me laugh and cry last night.

So I went to this restaurant for dinner last night. Of course, I'm interested in the beer list. So my 13 year old waitress (probably not, but she looked it) begins reciting the beer list.

"For our domestics we have PBR, Coors Light, Bud Light, Labatt Blue, and they're $2.75." Now here in Florida, the addition of Labatt was odd, but it was common place when I lived in Detroit so I really took no notice.

"For our imports, we have Sam Adams, Shocktop, Blue Moon, Leinekugle, and we usually have Corona, but we're out. Those are $3.50."

You see where I'm going with this. "You do realize, of all the beers you mentioned, the only one that is actually an import you have listed as a domestic, right?"

Without missing a beat and still smiling, she responds "Nope, I told you the imports."

"Yeah, but imported means made in another country. All of your imports are made in the US."

The following could quite possibly be in my server hall of fame. "For beer, that's not what 'import' means. For beer, import just means better." -WAIT FOR IT- "My brother is 20 and drinks alot of beer. He should know."

And to that, what could I say? I had an 'imported' Blue Moon. You know what, she was right. It tasted better!


So things I learned last night: 1) stop being frustrated when restaurants use false words they don't understand to categorize things. 2) Those who invent words, invented an entirely different definition of "import" just for beer. Now doesn't that make us all in the beer community all warm and fuzzy? 3) Don't ever take beer advice from a 20 year old.

thank you all. Rant done.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:11 PM   #2
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This drives me nuts. The servers where I work get coached on how to present the new wines or other alcoholic beverages we get in, but never on the new beers. I have heard Guiness explained as " kinda Strong alcohol and very bitter" and SA Boston Lager as "its kinda caramely ale like". I have heard it all from my servers.
I just recently started doing beer tastings at work whenever we roll out a new dish and get a new beer, its helped a bit.
Then again, we charge Import prices for a Labatts Blue, even though its as cheap as Bud Light here. And Peronni is cheaper then Blue Moon lol
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:17 PM   #3

When the server says "import" I hear "craft" and I have no problem. It would be nice to educate folks, but it's more amusing to me than annoying.

 
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:31 PM   #4
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Pappers -

It doesn't really drive me nuts anymore, but the combo of her statements PLUS the stupid labels was too much for me not to remember.

Some restaurants I go to label them "standard" and "premium" or "select" or something. They may not be 100% accurate, but that label at least isn't 100% innacurate. It amuses me.

Arneba - First impressions are important. What people hear, they will taste. If that same server had described Guiness as smooth, creamy, rich but suprisingly light, the customer couldn't have ordered it fast enough! Good on you for bringing out the beer tasting for your team!
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:42 PM   #5
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My wife hates it when we go to a restaurant that has beer...

I try not to be picky, but them waitresses are SO DUMB! Can't they simply print out a beer list to hand to the customer? It would save us so much frustration and a lot of time too. And it might help the waitresses keep a big tip.

 
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:45 PM   #6
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In her defense, in a restaurant setting, she is correct. Import means "better". We all know this. Quit letting it surprise you already.
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"its kinda caramely ale like"
In their defense, that may be the best, most concise description of Boston Lager I've ever heard.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:55 PM   #8
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I always just hear "import" to mean "more expensive." In St. Paul, Summit Pale Ale (brewed right here) is an "import" at some restaurants.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:10 PM   #9
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It's a throwback from the days when "imports" were just that: imported.

And, cut the poor 16-y-old girl a break - She could be your own daughter!

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Old 03-23-2011, 03:18 PM   #10
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I try not to be picky, but them waitresses are SO DUMB! Can't they simply print out a beer list to hand to the customer?
some times no. i worked at a restaurant for a long time and tried to get an actual printed beer list, but the owner said it would be tacky. plus that restaurant sounds like they are more about food than beer. (not to dispute the OP's point, that is rediculous. **** made me laugh)
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