So, the bar at the corner just changes hands and the new owners change the name, paint the plywood siding and commision a big mural logo on the side of the building. I'm about to go in and check it out, but the recent Maker's Mark "note of shame" thread has got me wondering what is the best way to request a they carry a coupleof good bourbons.
My style would be to talk with the bartender, not leave a note. But what to request, and how much to expect? I'm not going to say "get some Pappy 20, and I'll have a shot"; I'd just damage the creditability of anything else I might say. I'd like it to become a bar I frequent.
For about the same price as MM they could stock Weller Antique, EC12, Rittenhouse Rye (it's pricey here, unlike Utah), or Grand Dad BIB. We all know great options that start just above these in price. But on the request of a single walk-in would a bar even get one bottle that wasn't being pushed by a rep?
I have nightmarish visions of showing an interest in better bourbon (or even a rye), the bartender remembers something about someone talking to him and says something to the manager in passing, the manager isn't a bourbon drinker, so asks the rep what's good, and the rep brings in the wooden display for Booker, Baker, Basil and Knobby. And then, I'm not interested in what the rep is pushing so no one, not even me, ever orders the "specialty" bourbons, and the manager concludes he should forget about weird liquor noone's ever heard of and just order more Cuervo - Cinco de Mayo's coming and they come with party hats and banners this week.
Has anyone successfully gotten their neighborhood watering hole to carry a better selection? What's the best method?