John Harvard's in Boston
I'm not sure how I feel about this place--I was REALLY excited to go there, since I've heard a ton of great stuff about it. The place looked great, but of the 5 beers (kolsch, APA, IPA, nut brown ale, stout) on tap, they were out of the brown ale and the stout. Fine, I asked what they had on cask tonight (as advertised on their menu). Conversation follows:
Me: What's on cask tonight?
Waitress: Oh, nothing's on cask, sorry.
Me: Oh, that sucks, let me see...
Waitress: It's from a firkin, not a cask, and it's [insert beer name here].
Me: Uh...ho-kay, what's that like?
Waitress: It's kinda fruity, sorta.
Now, I don't mean to be rude, but first, come on! What the hell? A firkin IS a cask, just a small one. What kind of pedantic crap is that? Then after giving me crap about the firkin, she describes the beer as 'kinda fruity'? What does that even mean? A lambic? A Belgian wit? A cherry stout? (It turned out to be something like a grapefruit wheat, as far as I could tell). I tried everything else on the menu and frankly was less than impressed. The APA was okay, but the IPA had almost no hop aroma and really didn't have much to it at all. The kolsch was mediocre and, as I said, they were out of the other two beers on the menu. It's not like I was really pissed, and the food was awesome, but frankly, I was disappointed--both by the beer and by the waitress. Anyone else been there?
Nothing until I figure out if I can make it happen over in the UK.