If you end up going to a place that doesn't brew their own beer, some tips on things to look at would be :
-Look at where the beers are from
-"Land of IPA" West Coast beers tend to be more hoppy, lots of stouts, porters, and IPA's
-East Coast beers tend to have a lot of Red Ales, and Imperials
-Try beers that are unique and rare to the specific brewery
-Talk about the varieties of beer, - it is fun to find breweries that specialize in West Coast beer!