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14 popular beers you're pronouncing wrong

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.

Hoegaarden
Provenance:
Belgium
Not like this: [HOE-gar-den]
But like this: [WHO-gar-den]

Chimay
Provenance:
Belgium
Not like this: [CHI-may]
But like this: [shi-MAY]

Stella Artois
Provenance:
Belgium
Not like this: [STEL-lah ar-TWAS]
But like this: [STEL-lah ar-TWA]

Duvel
Provenance:
Belgium
Not like this: [duh-VEL]
But like this: [DOO-vill]

Coors
Provenance:
Colorado
Not like this: [cores]
But like this: [cours], or maybe [COO-ers], or maybe [qurz]?*

*An exhaustive office poll suggests it really depends on where in the country you're from. However, these guys probably know what's up so just listen to them and learn.

Pliny the Elder
Provenance:
California
Not like this: [PLY-nee]
But like this: [PLIH-nee]

Lagunitas
Provenance:
California
Not like this: [lah-GUH-nee-tas]
But like this: [lah-goo-NEE-tus]

Augustiner Edelstoff
Provenance:
Germany
Not like this: [ah-goo-STEIN-ur e-DELL-stuff]
But like this: [OW-gus-teen-ah EH-dell-shtuff]

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Provenance: Germany
Not like this: [Why-en-STEP-hay-nur he-fah-VICE-beer]
But like this: [VY-en-shteh-fah-nur heh-FEH-vice-bee-ya]

Singha
Provenance: Thailand
Not like this: [SING-ha]
But like this: [sing]

Chang
Provenance: Thailand
Not like this: [chang]
But like this: [chong]

Tsingtao
Provenance:
China
Not like this: [SING-tao]
But like this: [CHING-dow]

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.