From David- Founder of Sommbeer:
Mind your Manners!
It drives me crazy when I bring someone to “my” brewpub and they misbehave. It’s a place that I go to relax, it’s me refuge after a long day. I know the menu by heart, I can even tell when they’ve slightly tweaked a recipe (leave it alone thanks). Most important of all, I know the staff and they know me. When I want to act like an idiot I’ll go to your brewpub not mine. So when you are with me at my drinking hole here are some guidelines.
1. Don’t hit on the bar staff
They are sober, you are not. That makes you infinitely less attractive. What’s more, you are competing with the last 500 drunks that hit on them the day prior. Leave them alone, this isn’t a meat market it’s a brew pub.
2. Growlers are for home consumption
Growlers are priced in bulk. Sold for home consumption. Bring in your growler have it filled and then enjoy your special pint ordered from the menu. Use that growler as a table piece until you go home, it looks pretty with that amber hue.
3. Kid curfew @ 9pm
For the record I have taken my kids to the brewpub. I’m not the only one, heck they even provide board games and puzzles for the youngsters. When the place is real empty, my youngest and I saddle up to the bar (don’t judge me). She has her rootbeer and I have my “daddy beer”. When business picks up we get out. Brewpubs make a lot of money when people buy beer in the evenings. When families are consuming only a table that’s bad for business and it’s bad for me because I don’t have a table. It’s all about me.
4. Limit your samples
Isn’t that cool? They just gave you a free sample! Hey the bar maid just gave me another. Stop. This isn’t Costco and she isn’t wearing a hairnet handing out cheese on a stick, this is a business. Samples are a courtesy not to be abused. I personally stop at 2.
Got some more guidelines? Throw them to me firstname.lastname@example.org