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Old 5th Jun 2012, 20:24
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A business - manner question.

I have a business appointment at a brewery to promote a product in a couple of weeks time. The meeting is at 10 am. Last time I had a meeting at a coffee company I drank coffee and when I visited a soft drink company, I was drinking their product.

The obvious question is: what do I drink during the meeting, coffee or I accept a sample of their products?

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Old 5th Jun 2012, 20:25
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The obvious answer: what you are served.
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Or, if you are driving, tell them then request something non-alcoholic eg water
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Old 5th Jun 2012, 20:31
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You'll probably find you'll be served tea,coffee & water by an office minion.

Then if they aren't rushing to throw you out the building by the end of your sales pitch, you may be offered some samples to take home in a doggy bag.
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I don't think it is a good idea to drink when working: they will understand that. Even if they have an on site shop and you enquire about buying something that could be misinterpreted as angling for a freebe. Bit of research first perhaps at the pub?
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By all means accept a brew if offered but ask for a shot chaser to wash it down.
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tell them its too early in the morning to drink - and that anyway you value your driving licence
do they have a range of non-alcoholic beers? or do they bottle their own soft drinks?
Most breweries I know are as interested in their soft drinks range as the alcoholic stuff
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Old 5th Jun 2012, 21:40
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Straight after the handshakes, loosen your tie and ask, "Any chance of a pint?"
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Most breweries are dry sites and unless tasting / sampling they will not serve alcohol as a matter of course to insiders or outsiders.

It's to do with H&S (thankfully) as if staff allowed consume and then use high speed machinery you into lots of claims. Most apply it to full site so avoids a them and us.

If selling a product in then make sure its fit for purpose, i.e. if its a chilled product then it better be chilled to perfection including if necessary sending samples in day before and taking same along to cover everything.
Also may be worth using branded chilled glasses etc if as suggest its a chilled product but don't underdo or overdo it.
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In the 1980s it was commonplace to be provided with a selection of soft drinks or light beer during meetings held in Denmark, whether internal or when entertaining visitors.
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Old 6th Jun 2012, 00:49
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In 1970, just out of school, I worked for a few months at the Emu Brewery in Perth, Western Australia.

We started early and had a free beer mid-morning, another at lunchtime (more if you were quick) and one at knock-off. This included forklift drivers etc.

I was a low OHS risk (not that anyone seemed to care about risk) - I was In Charge Of Hessian Bags.
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So, it I've got this right, it is, in fact, quite difficult to organise a p*ss-up in a brewery?
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So, it I've got this right, it is, in fact, quite difficult to organise a p*ss-up in a brewery?
No. I've done it a number of times, at Bass and Marstons amongst others. Last time I remember my mate ending up in the ditch ten times in 4 miles on the way home (on his pushbike).

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Last time I remember my mate ending up in the ditch ten times in 4 miles on the way home (on his pushbike).
Before anyone says anything (especially Ibbie) it wasn't me.
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Thanks for the stories and the advice. The reason I asked is because I thought I would be offered a bier along with coffee, juice etc. My boss would be driving there so not a bid danger for my driving license.

I don't usually consume their products and as a matter of fact several cans went 3 months past their expiration date.

RJM thanks for the reply. I would have done so but I will not wear a tie otherwise I may be tempted to do so.

So the consesus is if offered do I drink it or not?
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Old 6th Jun 2012, 08:56
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Perhaps you should call to mind the old adage which advocates never mixing business with pleasure? That's exactly what you're mulling over doing and the maxim is as good a piece of advice now as ever it was.
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I let it be known in my last job that I was a teetotaller. It solved many problems, admittedly caused a few too, but the benefits outweighed the disadvantages.
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I thought I would be offered a bier
Do they have a funeral parlour as well as a brewery?

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Old 6th Jun 2012, 09:31
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Possibly consult your boss, if he sees you downing pints that might not go down well either. Ask for small glasses, if its nasty talk a bit more sell your product and leave the drink. Thank you very much.
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I don't usually consume their products ...
Says it all...

Best to be oneself in business situations -- especially when on the selling side.

Though not a stranger to beverages of that sort, I have occasionally found myself spouting off unnecessarily or just not staying on point after even a tiny bit of lubrication. Put it down to allergies, I do, but the lesson is still there.

In the olden days of macho imbibing over business lunches, more than once the ritual devolved into a race to the bottom as far as content and business purpose went. Good for bonding and camaraderie sometimes, but it's a terrible thing to be nursing the beginnings of a hangover when stepping out into bright daylight at 2 or so of a summer afternoon.

Tasting is different, perhaps... certainly is quite customary with wines. Still becomes a trap one prefers to avoid.

Mumbling something cryptic is a possible avenue for polite cowardice.... something like: "Sorry, no thank you. Medication, you know."

Of course, in deepest Europe, perspectives might need to be different.

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