Time for a bit of fun for my 100th post!!
Think for a minute, if you will.... what if you could open a bar or pub tomorrow?
The biggest question I could think of is: What would you serve???
Think of it as your dream pub or bar, you perfect choice of beverages! What would they be??
Now don't fall into any trap here, there's so much more to think about other than just cask and keg. Well you can consider those two, and how many of each to put on, but you also have to think about: What wines would you serve? Would they be by the bottle or only small servings? What selection of spirits would you keep? Which soft drinks would you make available? Would you make cocktails? What about shots? Would you sell bottled beer? How big a range of bottled beers would you get, and where from? Would you sell bar snacks? How good would they be? Would you serve any kind of food at all? Would you serve to appeal to a beer geeks dream? Or just follow the mainstream route to try make money?
These are just the easy questions. The amount of planning and question answering that goes into the opening of a new watering hole is unending and merciless.
So lets forget about that now and just have a bit of fun for a bit, lets go back to the question: If you could have your dream bar, what would you serve? You know, if money and everything else was no issue.
I know what I'd like to have to make me keep drinking at the same place again and again.
Now that's just for cask and keg.
For my bottled beer selection I'd stock a range of around 50 Belgian and German specialties. From Corsendonk to St Bernardus. From Jever to Schlenkerla, the bar would have a bottled beer for every taste. (as long as it was Belgian or German in taste!)
Sack off all the other spirits, I'd force punters to purchase from my fine selection of single malts! My selection would include a playlist of the greats: Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Edradour, Jura, Highland Park, Port Ellen, Dalmore, Teaninich and Blair Athol to name a few. Accept no substitutes! :)
This would be my dream bar. It won't be to everyones tastes, but sometimes it's nice to just imagine what you could do if you decided to open a bar tomorrow. And just remember,
What would you serve???