This actually happened
â€œHey guys. Weâ€™ve got a special during the Pistons and Red Wings games. Pints of domestic beers are a buck-fifty,â€ she says.
â€œCool,â€ I say. â€œDomestic? Umm…â€ I look over at the line of taps, trying to make an educated guess at the ornate handles, â€œIâ€™ll have a Sam Adams, please.â€
I instinctively reach for my ID in my back pocket, but she speaks up.
â€œSam Adams isnâ€™t a buck-fifty, itâ€™s regular priced,â€ she tells me.
I think quickly about how to handle this and decide to follow a logical train of thought.
â€œSam Adams isnâ€™t considered a domestic?â€ I ask.
She shakes her head and folds her lower lip under her top teeth without looking at me. Sheâ€™s starting to get irritated. I already am.
â€œSo, Sam Adams,â€ I begin, â€œwhich is made by the Boston Beer Company in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the original thirteen colonies, home of the New England Patriotsâ€“a beer named for an American who helped to organize the American Revolutionâ€“is not a domestic beer?â€
She is still shaking her head.
â€œSo, what youâ€™re saying is that the $1.50-a-pint deal doesnâ€™t apply to all domestic beers, it applies to Miller, Miller Lite, Bud, Bud Light and Coors Light?â€ I ask, my incredulity a thick as the head on a glass of Guinness.
â€œYeah, MGD, MGD64, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Labatt Blue, Blue Light-â€ I cut her off.
â€œLabatt and Labatt Blue Light qualify for this domestic deal?â€
She stops shaking her head and nods in the affirmative.
I decide Iâ€™m going to have an aneurysm.
â€œSo, the beer with the giant red Canadian Maple Leaf and the â€˜Imported from Canadaâ€™ slogan along the bottom is permissible as a domestic? But, the one made within our countryâ€™s borders is not?â€
I guess I missed the part where Samuel Adams was imported and Canadian beers were not.