I really love the plethora of local craft breweries that've built out tasting rooms.
No, that's not quite right. I love the IDEA of a tasting room location. And even the 5-oz "flight" options.
Here's my problem and disconnect: Why are most like an overgrown frat party or rave in a garage? Cramped, uncomfortable, loud, cold, extremely narrow demographic, ropelines, standing room only, 30+ automatons standing in a single line diddling their iPhones to buy beer?
In the past 2 weeks, I've been to 5 of these places (Fremont, Urban Family, Stoup, Reuben's, Holy Mountain), and Holy Mountain has seemed the *only* place someone could hope to sit--in their booth section, not perched at the nanotables--and actually enjoy a beer.
I don't need a sports screen, and I certainly am OK with no table service or food (although those would be nice), but Good God! Is it too much to ask to be able to get a second beer or growler without waiting in line for 10 minutes and giving up that beautiful plywood table and plastic chair?
Why do people subject themselves to this? College nostalgia?