In this, the Battle Royale, The Scotsman and Drew put their reputations as beer connoisseurs on the line as they taste Budweiser and Coors up against Anchor Brewing’s California Lager and Firestone-Walker’s Pivo Pils. Will they be taken in by Annheuser Busch’s slick marketing campaigns or beer that was brewed as cold as the rockies? Or will the Ale Evangelists be able to tell the difference between macro and craft? Ultimately, everyone wins, as The Scotsman and Drew show that craft beer alternatives to the big macro beers don’t have to be chewy beers which you can’t see through. In the Battle Royale, The Scotsman and Drew will explore the lighter side of craft beer. Join them, won’t you?
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.