I was down West over the weekend for a few days holiday, and visited a pub on the Friday night as it has a good reputation for seafood.
No ordering at the bar these days, so some dork with a ginger beard and a load of tattoos came down to take our order. I asked for a dozen oysters to start, and a pint of Guinness. 'We have an excellent selections of stouts and porters in the bottle, as well as our own house stout if you'd prefer that instead', he said upon hearing my order.
'No you're grand, dude', I answered back.
'I can bring down a sample if you like. It's much more flavoursome than Guinness'.
'Grand so', I said, 'but make sure the Guinness is a decent pint as I'm rasping here with the thirst'.
Down comes my pint of Guinness, and I horse it into me like it's my last. Eventually a sample of their own house stout arrives down with my oysters. It tastes like bovril, cabbage water, and what I'd imagine a fungal toe infection tastes like. Disgusting.
Why do beer snobs always want to push their overpriced muck on punters? Like there's a few craft beers I like, especially that Galway Hooker stuff, but I'll try them in my own good time. This is the second time something like this has happened to me in the past year, and I'm wondering why beer snobs just can't get over the idea that the majority of people want the beer they want?
The Guinness was lovely btw, and I polished off 8 of them within the time we were allowed stay in the pub.