The world of craft beer has become very sophisticated in the last decade. While it used to be fine to take a date to a dirty dive bar to bond over a Pabst Blue Ribbon, now you have to locate a quaint, hip local pub that brews good craft beers to impress a potential suitor. For those of us who are innately uncool, here are some quick tricks for finding an awesome craft beer pub when you’re trying to impress a person who would judge you for not knowing the difference between a stout and a porter:
1. Look for a Diverse Beer List
There is not one right answer what makes a beer good. The coloring, smoothness, richness, and alcohol by volume level (abv%) are all factors that make a beer fanatic love one beer and hate another. For example, most craft beers contain a range of 5%-10% alcohol. Finding a craft beer restaurant that offers beers with both a higher and lower abv really matters to a person who cares. And you’ll get Beer Snob brownie points if you locate a pub that rotates a seasonal brew, since 84% of beer snobs choose their craft beer depending on the season.
2. Find a Good Complementary Menu
While the factors that make a craft beer good might vary from one beer snob to the next, we can all agree that American craft beers are best when paired with a good burger. Nothing makes a craft beer restaurant hipper than when they also serve a thick steak burger with an awesome variety of toppings and a side of beer-battered onion rings. The greatest minds of science will tell you that 42% of burger lovers rank having good burger toppings as the most or second most important factor in finding a good burger. Three-quarters of people said that the quality of meat was the difference between zero and hero. So when your date is hip with what’s hip, find a good restaurant that makes a good craft beer and a mean burger.
Dates can be awkward. You aren’t the first person to fear being in that “staring at your date across the table while wracking your brain for something to talk about” predicament. When considering a dating restaurant, look for a place that offers an obscure form of entertainment. Picture your date laughing over a game of shuffle board or crooning along to a terrible karaoke song. If they’re occupied by the entertainment provided at the awesome craft beer pub they’re totally impressed that you took them to, you don’t have to think of things to fill the silence with.
Good dating restaurants always have a nice ambiance. You will have a hard time getting your date into a romantic mood when your choice of restaurant has stains on the carpet or tacky, outdated furnishings. Making a quick pre-visit to check out the spot you’re considering taking your hot date to could spare you an awkward night. You’re welcome in advance for this life-saving tip.