There're really only two options when ordering some beers from overseas (or even a couple from home), and we’re sorry to say they're both lose-lose. You can either a) ask for it by the “correct” name, and sound like an affected a-hole ("Actually, Bob, I spent a summer in France, and it’s pronounced 'QWA-saun'"), or b) sound like an idiot by mispronouncing it along with everybody else. Either way, knowledge is power, so check out this list of the most commonly mispronounced brews behind the bar. And whatever you do, don’t be this guy.
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Smithwicks Provenance: Ireland Not like tthis: [SMITH-whicks] But like this: [SMIH-dicks]
Kilkenny Provenance: Ireland Not like this: [KILL-ken-ee] But like this: [kill-KEH-nee]
Did we miss any tongue-twisting, hard-to-get-right, make-you-look-douchey beers? Let us know in the comment section!
Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist’s über-efficient German associate travel editor, and she finds that the more beer she drinks, the more their names roll off her tongue. In fact, beer makes her fluent in at least five languages. Follow her at @Sohostyle.