So you have a hot date? Congratulations! There are many aspects of a first date that can be stressful, so today I am going to try to help you check one thing off the list: what to drink.
Beer is a great option for several reasons. First, it usually takes longer to become intoxicated. No one wants to get sloppy on a first date, and beer will let you loosen up without becoming completely untied. Also, you can pair your beer with your food, making your meal more enjoyable and possibly scoring some Food Network points. The last reason why beer is a good choice is that it you can make it last a long time. You drink at your own pace, casually sipping if the night is going well or guzzling if the date is not going so well. If love is a battlefield, then beer is a versatile ally.
Local beers are a solid choice because it shows that you did a little research and want to literally drink in your current surroundings. A good choice in Cincinnati would be a Christian Moerlein OTR Ale. In Louisville, Falls City is an excellent beer if you can get it and the Bluegrass Brewing Company should offer a beer that you can enjoy as well.
Seasonal beers are a way of showing that you are hip and current. A Christmas beer will let your date know that you are not a Grinch. This also varies by location, but if you do a little reconnaissance work, most restaurants have their drink list on their website. If you are going to a place without a website, your date probably won’t care what you are drinking anyway. Most places will have something seasonal on tap. Check ahead or ask your server.
What Not To Order
The only ‘rule’ that I can give you is to get something you know you like. So if you like lager-style beers, it would not be advised to order the double I.P.A. As impressed as you think your date will be, the ‘choking-down-this-beer-that-I-hate’ face is not attractive. A first date is no time to get experimental with your beer palate. Stick to what you know.
In the event that your first date destination has a beer special, I would avoid it. Most of the time, it is Bud/Miller/Coors, and what does getting the special really say about you? I am cheap and enjoy cheap beer.
Some restaurants have gigantic beers as an option (i.e., Hofbrauhaus 1-liter mugs). Shy away from this option for three reasons. Strike one, your date may think you are an alcoholic. Strike two, you are on this date to interact and socialize, not to drink. And strike three, assuming you are as charming as I imagine you are, your beer will get warm as you converse with your guest. The “Big-Ass-Beer” is out.
First dates are a time for high nerves and small talk. By putting some thought into your drink selection, if the conversation runs dry you now have something to talk about, your beer! Good luck.
Cheers to your good health!
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