well, there does not seem to be a conesensus as to the "paddle experience" or any clues.
So, with all apologies to you Brits, Aussies, New Zealanders (?) Indians, and any other cricket playing folks, I will invent the following story for my amusement and edification...
The sampler paddle offered at brew pubs in the U.S. hearkens back to the early days of cricket. The paddle consisting of generally 6 routed or completely cut out holes to hold 6 small glasses (marked to hold 3 oz. each) is modeled after the cricket bat. Allegedely early in the games history it was the tradition for the losing team to notch holes in one of their best bats to serve the winning team one of each type of beer served at the winning teams choice of pub. Thus allowing them to sample
each of the pubs offerings at the losers expense. How this tradition was transfered to a country who knows absolutely nothing of the game of cricket is yet to be detemined. Anthropologists are still seeking an answer...
Okay, there you have it. Until someone gives an actual answer.
I (obviously) know nothing more about the game of cricket than what I learned watching sesame street with my son.