If you told a friend you don’t much like McDonalds because you prefer a real hamburger made from fresh ground beef and carefully cooked by someone who cares, you probably wouldn’t be accused of outrageous snobbishness. Everyone knows the difference between a good burger and a fast food burger.
So why do some people still slam craft beer lovers as snobs? Especially when so many of those doing the slamming are snobs in their own way. The hipster who chooses PBR (or it’s suddenly trendier competitor, Narragansett) likely isn’t doing it for taste. Rather, he or she wants to be ironic, hip, too cool for school. You know, like wearing a fedora in 2015. The self-professed wine aficionado who will drive you nuts with minutiae (can you say terroir?) as he or she dissects a wine list, but dismisses beer as plebian. Or take the case of celebrity chef David Chang, who wrote that he loves the crappiest beer (his words) he can find and bragged that he loves Bud Lite. Well, okay. Ironic (that word again) for a guy whose restaurants are trendy hipster-magnets.
It all seems so closed minded, so resistant to new experiences, doesn't it? But here’s a similar closed-mindedness: craft beer lovers who stay strictly in a single lane. The one who loves IPA so much that’s all he or she drinks. The pilsner lover who always orders a pilsner. The stout fan who always orders a stout. That’s like going out to eat and always ordering – always – the exact same entrée. Meat loaf is great, but not at every meal. Trust me, you can even get tired of caviar (it happened to me during an extended trip in Russia in the old days when there was virtually nothing else available in the hotel restaurant).
My point is this – getting stuck in a rut is a lost opportunity, for craft beer haters and craft beer lovers. The world of craft beer is huge, vibrant, easily explorable. And different beers go well with different foods, moods, and times of year. So, as you’d tell folks who slam craft beer, try it. In fact, try ‘em all.
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