Last night I went to see some music @ this "Aussie" bar/restaurant 8 mile creek. Well it was cold and extremly wet outside. I craved a nice thick, tasty beer. For a moment I almost left. The draft selection numbered about 8. At best I'd say there were two drinkable beers on draft, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale + Brooklyn Monster. The problem is....how does the average bar handle, serve and how fast do they turn their draft over? In cases like this I always look for a bottle. With a bottle, if I'm lucky I can then choose either a bottle conditioned beer or a bottle w/ a sell by date in English (not secret code). I was in luck, being "Australian" they serve Coopers. Coopers is the best Australian beer but most of their products are pretty light, save their stout. Last night they had some kind of anniversary ale which was mighty tasty and warming.
If the bar does not have either of the above then I switch to whisky. I don't trust most places to either serve a nice wine or handle it correctly. I'm not much of a whisky fan but I know they they can't screw it up. This has helped me to learn to appreciate whisky, I'm in no rush to learn quicker!