If you’ve visited us lately (or any other bar in Uptown Dallas for that matter) , you’ll notice that the beer menus aren’t what they used to be – and in a good way! They are full of local craft beer, interesting microbrews, and varieties you may never have heard of before.
How do you know what to order?
What if you want to try something new?
Here are a few tips on how to select a great beer from your friends here at The Nodding Donkey:
Bring Friends to Bounce Ideas Around
Look, drinking with a friend is already better than drinking alone. Bring your buddies, and bounce ideas off of one another. Maybe he’s tried a new local craft beer you haven’t. Use each other’s recommendations to introduce you to new beers you may love.
Go Straight to the Bartender for Help
If you aren’t sure what you want, but want to hear more about what’s good, then head over to the bar. Do not ask your waiter or waitress what they recommend! While they have good intentions, their answers are going to be more open-ended and top-of-mind than if you go straight to an expert at the bar. It’s like expecting a waitress to have the same knowledge of wine as a sommelier.
Don’t Start Too Strong
Beers can be all over the place in terms of flavor, and our recommendation is to start with something lighter and less bitter to start out with. Otherwise, a heavier, more bitter beer will just overpower your taste buds – leaving you with a lack of awareness for all the richness of the beer. Start with a white ale or something similar and go from there. Our bartenders can also direct you to a flight that will build and cater to your palate.
Know Your Palate.
Speaking of palate, know what you love. Take time to write down notes in that handy “Notes” app on your phone about which beers you have tried. What did you like? What didn’t you like? If you know there is a type of beer you don’t like, then steer clear of that beer and others like it. The more you get to know your own personal preferences, the more you will love the beer you are drinking.