Share With the Bartender
Fortunately, your relationship with a bartender doesn't have to be so intimate. Will Stephens, founder of BeerMenus.com, suggests that you order an excellent large format bottle to share with your friends and offer some to the bartender. "Bartenders often aren’t able to sample every large bottle," he says, "and this is a great way to help them with their job so they can describe the beer to other customers. In my experience, this kind deed has always led to a free beer." If your regular bartender is also a beer nerd, you'll likely get the same result by sharing a can or bottle from a recent haul from the country's most coveted breweries. Remember, free beer begets free beer.