I had been to this bar before, and had a pleasant time with friends. I stopped yesterday for a quick drink, and my friend ordered a beer which was described as an imperial stout aged in scotch barrels with blueberries. It was a $12 pour.
He was served a black beer that smelled and tasted like balsamic vinegar. When the server asked us how we were doing, my friend mentioned that the beer was quite vinegary, and that he was not expecting that. The server snarkily replied "Well, it says nightmare in the name of the beer, doesn't it?" and walked away. No sympathy, no offer to add that the beer is sour to the menu, and no offer to pour a different beer. Seriously, I know what the markup is on the beer in a place like this, and it costs you very little to offer a different beer. Much less than losing two customers permanently, which is what happened.
If you have the determination to seek out rare beers regardless of the service you'll receive, then go ahead. If you want some helpfulness from the staff in choosing beer, go to Nocturnem in Bangor.
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