Coming together over craft beer.
According to Wikipedia, taverns are places where business people meet to consume alcohol and be served food. A pub, short for ‘public house’ is defined as the focal point of the community in certain countries. The term bar however, in reference to establishments that serve alcohol, simply refers to the counter on which the drinks are served.
So who cares? Who cares about nomenclature, as long as they serve the beer the right temperature and have a nice draught selection, right? Well, I do I guess.
It is hard to imagine in today’s culture that once upon a time drinking beer was not something relegated to football games and Friday nights, but rather regarded as common place and almost expected by all levels of the social and economic scales. But more importantly, or at least specifically, business used to get done in Taverns and Pubs.
Recently I had this experience first hand, although not for the first time. A meeting was held for work at a restaurant, Dubh Linn Square Pub. It is a new, but well designed and very authentic Irish pub. The meeting was fair, and it was a little to loud for the ‘Robert’s Rules’ format we were used too, but the spirits of the group were better than they have ever been. More over, the amount of people who stayed around after the meeting, and the time for which people stayed, was greater than normal. Really good conversations were had, and topics that seemed boring during the formality of a board meeting became impassioned talking points worth defending in the atmosphere of the pub.
Just to be clear, there was not a lot of drinking involved, a beer or two a piece perhaps, but it was the whole setting that made a difference. But don’t get me wrong, the beer didn’t hurt anything.
We would all do well to seek out the true pubs and taverns in our communities and learn to exploit them for the professional benefits they can offer. Save the bars for football games, Friday nights, and crappy beer.
For any wondering, I tried the Magic Hat Heart of Darkness for the first time that night during the meeting, and the Troeg’s Java Head after dinner. The HOD, amazing. The Java Head, not so much.
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