I don't like leaving dinner agitated, especially one that involves beer. This happened last night after dinner at Slater's 50/50 in Liberty Station. I know I am getting crotchety, but I can't handle loud music in restaurants anymore. Throw in the poor acoustics at Slater's and it's a cacophony of commotion. Don't get me wrong, Slater's food is good, its draft beer list extensive, and its staff is friendly and attentive (it could add a few more beers to its 1/2 price happy hour options). But the music was so loud we could barely have a conversation, and the music wasn't even good, just popular rock with a couple of country tracks for variety. The loud music means that everyone in the restaurant is shouting. I need a beer.
Slater's needs to decide if it's going to go the bar route or the restaurant route. After last night, I know that the two don't mix well. The bar side wins, and we were at Slater's early (around 5:00). There were plenty of other families and non-bar patrons, too, as the restaurant was nearly full by 6:00, so there is plenty of dining interest. Slater's has a large room separate from the main restaurant and bar area. It should make this room into a dining room for people that don't want to be bludgeoned by the roar in the front room. I should note that Slater's has plenty of outside seating, but even with the heaters it's still a few months before I'll be eating outside at night.
On a positive note, Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye IPA was quite good. It was hoppy and the strong rye malt pulled the beer together and gave it depth. I helped the Beer Rovette, who thought of the title to this post, with her Sam Adams' Alpine Spring, which was light, maybe too light, and grassy with a bit of lager funk. Slater's had two beers from now-defunct Airdale Brewing on tap, Angry Panda and Dark and Stormy. Grab a pint while you can.