Pet peeve: walking into a bar that advertises how many beers they have on tap and then looking at the list only to find all of the taps lead to the same keg. It goes something like this:
Miller High Life
etc., etc., ad nauseam.
I'm sorry, but 30 taps of light lager is nothing to brag about, let alone use as a tool to draw customers in.
Now, we are fortunate enough to live in a city where most bars also offer one or two craft options, usually Spotted Cow, pick-a-Capital, and lately Fat Tire, and I appreciate that fact- visit most other cities/towns and you won't even be that lucky- but is everyone else just as bored with those options as I am? As a craft beer lover, I go in with such high hopes! Scanning the beer list with eager anticipation only to be disappointed by the selection and forced to "settle" for Capital Amber. Again. If that's all you have. (Because none of the beers in the list above are really options.) (Sad face.)
The saddest part of this is that when some of these bars do branch out and offer something unique, it often doesn't sell. And then I come in and order it, only to find that it's been tapped for so long without moving that it's gone bad. Is this the fault of the bar? The patrons? Are staff not trained to sell the new beer? Do the bar owners think it will sell itself (craft beer is super trendy!)? Or is it only on because a distributor offered it for free with the purchase of a lifetime supply of Miller?
Point is, should we, as craft beer drinkers, make more of an effort to encourage these bars to branch out? (Would we frequent them enough if they did?) Or do we continue to retreat to our safe havens and let the light lager lovers continue their reign of supremacy? I think slowly but surely some of these taps will start to turn as consumer education/awareness increases and the demand for craft beers continues to increase, but for now I'll just have to drink my Fat Tire and drop a not-so-subtle hint about what I'd like to see on tap whenever a bar manager is around. And then I'll go to the Malt House.