I looked online at the tap list before going to save myself the time because I knew I'd be cutting it close. Based upon the online tap list I was going to get the Dupont saison I had last night to compare bottle to tap. Got there and, of course, it was not on the actual list at the bar. So I ordered a Chouffe N'ice instead.
"That's currently off." "Oh," I say. "Man, are you guys out of the sours from the tap takeover already?" (there was a sour takeover on one of their taps starting Wednesday) "No, we still have them. The Chouffe is not a sour." "I know, I simply said that because I don't see the sours on the beer list." "Oh, well that's just a special thing so its not on there." "OK, what sours do you have?" She lists them and they are pretty average sours, but hey, at least they have sours. I order the one I haven't tried that is supposed to be good, the Flanders Fred.
"Here you go, they are only 5 oz pours." Splendid, I get a little taster glass of this sour after all that hassle. I later find that the 5 oz pour is $6 - about right for Sharp Edge.
So, now I set out to find what else I will order. I look at the tap list. It is literally the same GD Sharp Edge tap list that I see every time I am there except for some decent Christmas options (though not the N'ice, its currently "off"). Over the Edge, Bornem, Chimay ($14.50 per pour), Dekoninck, Duvel, Grimbergen, Gulden Draak, Leffe, Piraat, Wittekerke, Karmeliet, Framboise. I'm like, "I seriously don't want any of that. I'd drink a Chimay but not for $14 f'ing 50."
"Do you know what you want?" "How bout the Corsendonk Christmas?" "We basically don't have any of the belgian christmas beers on there." "Umm...ok, how bout the Goose Island Christmas?" "We have the Lancaster Winter Warmer." "No thanks. And you don't have the Dupont winter saison, do you? I saw it listed online. "Umm, hey guy (other bartender), do we have any bottles of the saison dupont?" "I don't want a bottle."
So I look at the domestic list again. Do you have the Founders Breakfast Stout?" "Yeah, we have some bottles of it." I say, "That's ok." She goes and is about to open a bottle of it and I yell "Stop, I don't want a bottle." "Ok, well the darkest thing we have is probably this Kostritzer." Suddenly I'm searching for only "dark" beers? Anyway, I had already decided I would have that because it was right in front of me and I know its pretty good.