On Beer Snobbery and Foot-In-Mouth Syndrome

Snobs tend to be...ah...unrealistic?

Snobs tend to be…ah…unrealistic?

As I sit on a warm spring afternoon, flipping through my old Beer Advocate magazines, sipping a Mama’s Little Yella Pils, I am musing on the nature of beer snobbery.  I was talking about a similar phenomenon with some friends last night called the Cage Stage. It applies to beer snobbery as well. The name refers to a set of religious doctrines to which I happen to subscribe, and the tendency of newly-enlightened believers to be…well…undiplomatic about their newly discovered beliefs. Actually, that was entirely too diplomatic of me. They’re freakin’ jerks, hammering their beliefs upon the heads of even their most ardent brothers and sisters in the Lord. The name implies (states outright?) that the new convert to this series of doctrines would be better served by being placed in a cage so they cannot harm relationships by acting in decidedly unloving ways. Beer connoisseurs tend to go through the same stage, which we refer to as Beer Snobbery.
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When evangelism pays off: A Convert!

I evangelize a great amount when I get right down to it, Congregants. My blog is but one facet of my evangelism, the Twitter another. I’ve begun to pay attention to the way I shape conversations, and the topics to which my conversations naturally gravitate towards. I’ve found that craft beer takes up much of my focus, and it’s interesting to see the way people react. Sometimes, people say, “Wow, you really like beer, don’t you?”  This is said in the same tone of voice as they might say, “Wow, you’re a raging drunk, aren’t you?” Sometimes, it’s more positive, such as, “Wow, I had no idea there was so much to beer.”  Etc. Because I evangelize in all I do, sort of a “pull the pin and chuck it” kind of approach, I savor the moments when it “clicks” for someone.  What, exactly does that mean? Hit the jump, and let’s talk about it. Continue reading

Does a flashy label mean a brewer is compensating for something?

As someone who could truthfully be classified as a serious beer snob, I find myself having to stifle some of my snobbier characteristics.  For one, I tend to make snap judgments, as I mentioned in my Karl Strauss Boardwalk Black Rye review. In that instance, I found myself with a preconceived notion about the quality, or lack thereof, of Karl Strauss beer. (It’s pretty darn tasty, so far.)

Another potential misconception I find I have is a perception of an inverse relationship between the flashiness of a beer’s label and the quality in the bottle or can.  But is this more often a correct or incorrect misconception? Hit the jump to find out!  Continue reading