Last week, my dad shared an awesome write up about the state of beer. Mainly, that it is filled with snobs on both sides, looking down at the others. Budweiser's "Macro Beer" ad echoed a popular sentiment among it's drinkers: it poked fun at the hipsters with their flavored and strange ales. Meanwhile, craft beer enthusiasts throw vicious insults to those "low-brow" macro beer consumers. It's a war, and many beer bloggers have refused to take sides, including my dad.
If you've been around the blog awhile, you may noticed one of the key descriptors in my author profile: craft beer snob. In the wake of the rebellion on the word, I've considered taking it down. But I don't know of another word that encapsulates how I feel about craft beer.
The fact of the matter is, calling myself "picky" just doesn't have the same ring. But I'm proud of my discerning palate! Just a year ago, I found most IPAs too hoppy, I couldn't get through a sip of Stout. Now I crave a bitter bite in my beer, and have found a new interest in dark beer. My tastes are able to grow and change all within the realm of craft beer. That's exciting to me! The craft beer world appeals to the adventurous, try anything side of me. I'm not going to be jumping out of planes anytime soon, but I can get the thrill of a new experience in a glass.
I do think my dad is right: beer snobbery, at it's ugliest, is looking down on others with different tastes than your own. It pits beer drinker against beer drinker in a battle that neither side can win, because it's too subjective. What does "good beer" really mean? It probably means something different to everybody, because we're all slaves to our own palates.
So please don't mistake my self-declared snobbery as a slight on anyone--unless, of course, you are a BCMP beer.
Nicole St. Germain is Creative Director of St. Germain Cellars, a craft beer snob, and a wine novice. Her cocktail of choice is anything with St-Germain liqueur.