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How Hard, Really, Is It To Provide A Tap List In Seattle?

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How Hard, Really, Is It To Provide A Tap List In Seattle?

kaleokahu | Mar 22, 2014 09:06 AM

OK, so it's pet peeve time...

One of mine is local pubs and restos that do not provide a beer tap list. The kabuki dance that attends *not* having one has been getting comical of late. I have recently had servers who: (a) don't know the beer rundown without looking themselves; (b) omit selections by going from rote memory; (c) offer beers that aren't there--and serve one glass short when they return; and (d) put me through a supercilious "beer vetting" interrogation where they pretend to be a Sommelier and presume I only like one style beer, e.g., IPAs (visualize the eyeroll when I say "Oh, I like a bunch of types; it depends on what you have.")

Considering that many places print daily menus anyway, and that most of those who don't *do* have printed wine lists or table-tented beverage menus, I just don't get the failure to provide a current tap list.

Yes, I know handles change, kegs blow, etc. But how hard is it, really, to at least post a board where a patron can just read and choose? When in doubt, have a "Rotator" or "Specials" category, so the poor server can get on with things?

Does this rankle anyone else?

Aloha,
Kaleo

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