When you’re ordering a beer, what more can you ask for than this?
“Now, before I pull a full pint, I’m going to put a bit in a glass so you can see how it looks. It’s just gone on, and it’s hazier than we were expecting. But we got some photos up from the brewery’s taproom, and this is how it looks there. It tastes great to me, but do you want to try it before you commit?”
As we didn’t know the beer (Northern Monk Eternal) and are used to being served pints of hazy pale ale these days, we wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. But it was nice to have a dialogue.
It’s a weird facet of beer culture in 2019 that this new bit of etiquette is necessary, but here we are.
At any rate, we didn’t bother trying the beer, we just went for it, and it did taste great.