Saturday, September 28, 2013

Almost Great - MR

When looking for a beer bar, there is good and great. A really good beer bar in Miami is the Filling Station. The food is good and they have allegedly the best potato "tots" around. I did not say " 'tater tots" as that is a trademarked phrase. Now the beer was great and the food was great, but there were a couple of idiosyncrasies to go over.

Absolutely fine if a beer bar does not serve flights. It is one of many factors that distinguishes a "good" from a "great" beer bar. It is also absolutely, 100 percent fine if it is very busy, and you can't get to the flights. Completely understood. But if someone asks if you serve flights, and you say you do, just not all the time, and probably not today (?) that is confusing.

Also, if you do have the ' best potato "tots"', speak up! Don't ask someone if they want tots, fries, coleslaw, whatever - say "we have the best 'tots in the whole freakin' world, you must order some now!" I mean until I saw the t-shirt of one of the bartenders, there was no idea of the 'tot quality.

Did try the following beers, and to be fair the staff will provide a "sample taste" but most true beer drinkers (if not driving) prefer about 4-7 ounces:

New Belgium - Coconut Curry Ale Lips of Faith - Ale, Wheat, Hefeweizen [4,406]
Harpoon - Leviathan Imperial IPA - Ale, IPA, Imperial
Bells Brewing - Two Hearted - Ale, IPA, American
Sierra Nevada - Narwhal 2013 - Ale, Stout, Imperial
Cigar City - Jose Marti Coffee Espresso Porter - Ale, Porter, American

Please - flights always!

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