Last night I popped into a SOMA bar and it happened to be Happy Hour. The offerings were $3.00 domestic drafts, and cheap appetizers. I knew exactly what it meant, but for shits and giggles and a little fun I ordered a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. The bartender said that it’ll be $6 and the conversation went like this...
Me: “Six bucks? It’s happy hour.”
Bartender: “Happy hour only includes domestic drafts.”
Me: “Where is Ballast Point Brewing Company?”
Bartender: “San Diego, I believe.”
Me: “Correct. And the beer made it into the glass from...?”
Bartender: “A tap.”
Me: “Right, a tap, as in draft.”
Bartender: “That’s right.”
Me: “So let’s put this all together. Sculpin IPA is a domestically made beer, and it’s available via draft, therefore it qualifies as a domestic draft. So does your Sierra Nevada Pale, and your Firestone Walker DBA.”
Bartender: “Hmmm. Well, it’s only for Budweiser and Coors.”
Me: “Yeah, no.” I just shook my head and enjoyed the hell out of my $6 domestic draft.
With the explosion of locally made craft beer, I’d say bars are long overdue for a change. Fact: if a beer is brewed in the country in which it’s being served via tap, it’s a domestic draft. As for you bar owners who don’t already do this, either call your selection of pale fizz water something else, or start including craft in your Happy Hour...or both. It’s time to stop looking silly.