On Saturday night, Margaret took me out for dinner at a BYOB Thai restaurant, as a belated birthday present (thanks again Margaret!). After choosing one of her favorite, inexpensive reds from her vast collection of vino, we hopped into my car and headed to the restaurant.
There was only one other table filled when we got there so the waiter brought us our wine, opened, with glasses, right away. Margaret explained that she positively loved going to this joint because, being BYOB, the bill stayed rather low (unless you’re ordering an exorbitant amount of food).
Until another table of guests popped in with a 6-pack of beer, the thought had never even dawned on either of us that, despite it being customary to do so, wine was not the only option for a BYOB restaurant. The epiphany was almost funny to me, seeing how I tend to pair more beer with food (check out these beer/food pairing posts from Deron too!) than wine, and drink beer on a much, much more regular basis. I still cannot believe the thought had never crossed my mind. Duh.
In my defense, though, this was only the second BYOB dining experience I’ve had in my life, the first being 5 years ago. So honestly, I had never really put an ounce of thought into the idea at all.
I suspect that many of you out there have brought beer to BYOB restaurants, having had said "epiphany" long ago, but for those who haven’t, this post’s for you.
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