|Just Say No|
Here are just a few examples that make me cringe whenever I see it happening.
This seems to be the most common mistake for bars or restaurants serving craft beer. Always ask for a non-chilled glass, or politely decline a beer served in one. 'Why?' 'Everyone enjoys an ice cold beer!' you might say. The term 'ice cold beer' is commonly used for macro produced light lagers (i.e Coors Light). These beers are 'best enjoyed' (this term is used very loosely here) ice cold, and for a very good reason. When a beer is ice cold, your taste buds can't pick up on any of the subtle flavors, which is a good thing for those macro light lagers. When craft beer is served in chilled or frozen glassware, the second it's poured into the glass, condensation occurs. This eventually leads to the diluting of an otherwise delicious beer, which will result in you not enjoying the beer to the fullest extent.
For me, when you go to a restaurant or bar, the default should always be a clean, non-chilled glass. This shows that the establishment cares enough about the beer to allow the patrons to truly enjoy it. If a patron wants a chilled glass, they can always ask for one.
The most obvious example for this...Corona. Have you ever taken a sip of Corona without a lime? It makes me cringe just thinking about it. Some beers advertise 'Best enjoyed with a slice of 'x''. However, I'm in the boat that says if you need fresh fruit to 'enhance' those artificial flavors, you should be drinking a different beer. Not only does the citrus overpower the flavors of the beer, but the oils in the skin of the fruit can ruin the head of a beer. Read this for more information on why you shouldn't put fruit in your beer.
Ice Cubes in Your Beer
Please read No. 1 above, and just realize that this one is just a more horrifying and grotesque version of that. Never, ever put ice in your beer. Ever.
Seriously, don't ice your beer.
Salting Your Beer
Oh wow, this one is just weird, and how it came into existence is beyond me. Go to a liquor store or beer store and more than likely you will find 'beer salt' advertised somewhere. This is similar to No. 2, only worse. There's an old wive's tale that says adding salt to your beer will prevent cramps later on. Confused? Me too. Read this post within BeerAdvocate on the reasons why it's done, and why NOT to do it.
I hope I educated you a little on things not to do to craft beer. Just remember, if you're drinking a good craft beer, nothing extra should have to be done in order to enjoy it. Simply pouring the beer into a clean pint glass will suffice, and I guarantee the experience will be wonderful.