Booze: Tasting Flights (or the lack of)
I’ve never been to a pub or bar that offers tasting flights. Yes, really.
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I read a lot of blogs and see that in America, pretty much any bar will serve tasting flights which allow you to sample, for example, your choice of 6 different draft beers for $10 or whatever (I made that price up).
It’s a wonderful idea.
I have had tasting flights but they’ve been for special events such as:
Wetherspoons Beer Festival where you could get three 1/3 pints of any of their cask ales for the price of a pint which was around £2.29 or something but it’s not all year round and it’s Wetherspoons. [OK. Not that special]
We also had a 6 beer tasting flight with our Beer & Thai Food pairing session but does that really count as the beer and food price was inclusive and they were the only beers on offer?
Yeah, those both definitely count, I suppose. It just needs to be a more common thing in this country.
It’s great that most, if not all decent pubs over here will allow you a sample of a particular beer if requested and in some cases even shove samples in your face as soon as you approach the bar but it’s time consuming for bar staff and if tasting flights were available, they could easily pour a few samples, stick ‘em on a tray and take some cash.
I want to walk into a pub that has 20/30 ales on and not spend 10 minutes standing in front of the boards thinking ‘ummmmmm….’ before making the bar wench run around to get me a sample of this ‘oh I’m not the biggest fan’ then getting me a sample of that… I don’t take the piss when asking for samples like some people do but I actually want to drink something I enjoy. If I have six 1/3 pints in front of me (or even smaller measures would do) I’m pretty sure I’ll find one I really like and want a pint of.
I’d happily pay to have 6 samples on one platter just so I don’t have to waste time at the bar and I’d get to taste a lot more different beers.
How do you feel about tasting flights? Good idea? Do you know of any pubs in the U.K. that does this kinda thing?