The Common Table Will Soon Stop Serving Horrible Beer

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... but not for much longer at The Common Table.
The Common Table enjoys a good reputation among local beer lovers for the ever-changing array of brews it offers. But in the next few days, that reputation stands to get even better for the beers it won't be pouring.

"Starting next week, we will no longer be offering mass produced beer," owner Corey Pond wrote on the gastropub's Facebook page last Thursday. "Instead we will only offer fresh, high-quality beers hand-crafted with quality ingredients -- many of which are made right here in Texas. We believe it's the right thing to do. We will work harder than ever to continue to spread the craft beer gospel and appreciate your support. Farewell BMC ... can't say we'll miss you at all."

Pond is a bit nervous about the risk that comes with not offering "BMC" (short for Budweiser, Miller and Coors products), though he notes that The Common Table wouldn't be unique among local beer bars that stubbornly refuse to stock the cheapest, most popular beers. He stopped ordering them and expects them to run out by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Which leads to the question of why the bar offered them in the first place.

"Primarily because of the location," Pond says. In the first few months, those watery light beers were a significant enough percentage of alcohol sales that he felt having them was the right decision.

"Once we got comfortable that people knew we were a great beer place and the numbers got to the point that it made it seem like we could do it, we decided to go ahead," he says. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time. There are so many local breweries now, and there are so many new beers coming to Texas."

The general increasing awareness of craft beer along with the excitement over Dallas' new breweries and whatever part his own bar may have played in opening his customers' minds to the idea that beer can actually taste like something made him comfortable with the move, he says.

As for whether it will affect his relationships with distributors, he says the major distributors here have plenty of beers to choose from, and points out that it would be illegal to refuse to sell to him.

He does expect some customer pushback, and says those light beers still account for about 100 bottle sales a week, but is OK with that.

"I think the increased support from craft beer lovers will more than make up for whatever we lose from the douchebag that just has to have a Miller Lite," he says.

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monstruss
monstruss

A little late to the party, but good for them. There's plenty of other places that serve shitbeer in town, if people really have a problem with trying a beer they haven't been drinking since high school.

steve.panini
steve.panini

Mr. Sandwich - I, like Mr. Wrap, find your rant very immature.  We are trying to have an adult conversation here.

 

Yours truly,Mr. Paninip.s. Mr. Burger, please chime in!  Would love to hear your thoughts.

Steve.wrap
Steve.wrap

Hi Mr. Sandwich - thanks so much for your 2nd grade rant and rave. Sounds likke you are highly educated, possibly even from the world renown TSTC. First of all, no need to hate on the Common Table. If you don't like it there is now need for you to go f$ck yourself or sit on your thumb and spin. No,I am better than to tell you that. Secondly, whatever your monthly spend was at TCT, CT or The Tizzle (that's what us locals call it) I will personally cover it. I hope it's not outrageous since you graduate from the best technical college in the state. But to so you my goodwill Mr. Sandwich, come to the Common Table with your half plastic girlfriend and I'll buy you a beer. I'll be the one sitting at the namesake table with a Masters hat one. Hope to see you soon.

todd
todd

I've had my fair share of "craft" beers, a good number of them I thought were horrible.  Just sayin'.

steve.sandwich
steve.sandwich

How fucking stupid.   Fuck Common Table.   And fuck your beer snobbery, "Jesse."

 

Deschutes is mass produced.  So is Sam Adams.   So is New Belgium.   Where do you draw the line, twat?

 

I had a little craft beer phase, until I realized that there are an overwhelming number of fart-smelling fucking faggots using words like "mouthfeel"  and ruining what might have been fun.

 

Shut your fucking mouth, tuck your Goddamned shirt in, drink a few Miller Lites, and try talking to an attractive female. You might snap out of your dipshit funk. 

 

 

Chris Lederer
Chris Lederer

And life is too good to waste on a pretentious twit slinging quotes like that guy.

nicholas.seaman
nicholas.seaman

Lots of unreasonably upset posts in response to a great idea. Miller sucks... as does Bud and Coors. All he's saying is that if you absolutely must have those terrible beers, go do it elsewhere. Getting mad about CT not selling macro lagers is like getting mad at Cru for not selling Franzia.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I'm guessing they come for the beers and stay because of his winning personality.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Ironic is decrying douchebags with such utterly douchey quotes.

 

Take your pretentious, stupidly-named restaurant and shove it up your high and mighty ass. And this is coming from someone who will always try a craft beer when the selection is good.

 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

watch out, he may turn all the douchebags drinking miller lite into douchebags drinking craft beer, then craft beer wont be cool bc douchebags drink it

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

World renown comment section! Likke it so much!!1! Congraduations guys.

SirRon
SirRon topcommenter

 @todd Well, Common Table will not be serving the ones that you think are horrible. Obviously.

Jesse_Hughey
Jesse_Hughey

 @steve.sandwich I'm flattered you have gone to the effort to find out enough about me to know I don't usually tuck my shirt in, "steve.sandwich." Didn't think anyone had noticed.

Believe me, I have downed more than a few Miller Lites, yet somehow that didn't impress the attractive females.

It's too bad you're not willing to stick with something you liked just because someone else used the term "mouthfeel." I hope for your sake you don't turn your back on music, art, food, sports or anything else just because some people tend to get too nerdy and technical about it for you.

nicholas.seaman
nicholas.seaman

 @steve.sandwich 

What a compelling argument! I should stop drinking a superior product because it ruins your good time (i.e. getting wasted like a fratboy off of whatever swill is the cheapest). And I didn't realize that drinking craft beer and talking to attractive females were mutually exclusive options... thank you for enlightening me.

Mervis
Mervis

@steve.sandwich The line is drawn at 2 million barrels per year. Only Sam Adams comes close to that. Sierra Nevada is at 8-900,000 per year.

Mervis
Mervis

@steve.sandwich Steve, you sir just may be the stupid one. The beer market is the most concentrated of the three alcohol sectors with three brewers-Anheuser-Busch, South African Breweries' Miller (SAB-Miller), and Molson Coors Brewing Company-accounting for about 79% all beer sales. 6. Deschutes Brewery Annual sales: 186,783 barrels Share of segment: 2.05%

JustSaying
JustSaying

 @Scruffygeist

 Agreed. Hell, when I go out to get drunk with my friends it usually involves "BMC". When I drink beer at home, I drink a better beer. And when I go to a restaurant for a meal, Im an iced tea man. Unless I'm pounding some wings somewhere. Then its back to "BMC".

Mervis
Mervis

@ScottsMerkin No, they wouldn't be douchbags anymore.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Mervis  @ScottsMerkin I thought the determination of a dbag was the tight affliction/ed hardy shirt not the beer, and really dont dbags drink vodka red bulls instead of beer?  Any how if you remove affliction from the tight shirt leaving only the tight shirt and replace the miller with a Deep ellum brewing beer, dont you just have a hipster

Mervis
Mervis

@ScottsMerkin Let me think about this and I'll get back to you.

mewkins
mewkins

We're through the looking glass here, people.

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