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Am I a beer snob?


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Sevenlee 1253:64
Iíve noticed that people have started to call me a beer snob. I think thereíre a good reasons why Iím not a snob but people donít seem to understand. (For the purposes of this post, keep in mind I donít live in the US so a good beer selection isnít always easy to come by)

For example, when I go out, if the only beer available is the really crap local mass produced pale lagers (RCLMPPL for short), I usually avoid them and drink something else like a can of smirnoff ice (yes drink selection here can get that bad)
If I go out for dinner and the selection is the same Iíll just drink coke instead. If Iím at someoneís house and they offer me said RCLMPPL Iíll choke down one or two to be polite but then just stop and go to coke or something else. If there is something like Heineken or Stella available, I can spend most of my night on that if necessary. The problem here is, unless youíre at a place that specialises in beer then Heineken or Stella is about as good as can be expected.

The reasons for my selective drinking are: First of all, it seems unlike most people I know, I drink for the enjoyment of it. For me drinking RCLMPPL is not enjoyable so why would I drink it? Drinking the RCLMPPL actually gives me a headache if I drink four or more of them, who the hell wants that? and finally I just think itís a waste of money buying the RCLMPPL because I simply donít enjoy it.

I donít mock people for their drinking of RCLMPPL. I donít complain about the beer selection if itís only rubbish and I never try get people to go to a place that serves good beer but will suggest one if someone asks me for an idea.

I explain all this but it seems it still makes me a beer snob. Am I really a snob? Do I just need to loosen up? Or do people just not understand?
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jimmie65 330:29
You say "beer snob" likes itís a bad thing.

Yes, youíre a snob. No, you donít need to loosen up. Yes, people just donít understand.
6/15/2012 6:18:54 AM

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JLLSU 238:1
The only difference in a snob and a selective drinker is that a snob will verbalize it. Itís one thing to not want to drink beer you donít like, itís a whole other story when you start clowning on other folks for the beer they are drinking or being miserable when all a place serves is mass produced.
6/15/2012 6:24:29 AM

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Sevenlee 1253:64
Originally posted by jimmie65
You say "beer snob" likes itís a bad thing.

Yes, youíre a snob. No, you donít need to loosen up. Yes, people just donít understand.


Iíve always felt there is a difference between a beer geek and a beer snob. A Beer geek is the person who really appreciates good beer. A Beer is snob is like a beer geek but does it in a condescending way while turning their nose up at other peopleís beer selection.
6/15/2012 6:29:16 AM

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tronraner 2459:109
You have the right to drink whatever you want.

You only become a snob when you judge others for what theyíre drinking.
6/15/2012 6:32:43 AM

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jimmie65 330:29
Originally posted by Sevenlee
Iíve always felt there is a difference between a beer geek and a beer snob. A Beer geek is the person who really appreciates good beer. A Beer is snob is like a beer geek but does it in a condescending way while turning their nose up at other peopleís beer selection.


Semantics. Youíre obviously not judging other peopleís choices, so I would not consider you a snob by your definition.

I donít mind be calling a snob, but the only people whose choices I judge are my wife and my kids. After all, what they drink reflects back on me.
6/15/2012 6:36:30 AM

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KAF 448:100
Nope, not being a snob at all. As has been said above, if youíre not verbalizing or gesturing a complaint, declaring yourself and/or your choice in beer superior, or criticizing others who drink said RCLMPPL than you are not being snobby about it. I am usually the same way and my friends still call me a snob sometimes. I will politely tell them that I am a beer geek who has no problem drinking a RCLMPPL if they wish to buy me one, but I am not going to purchase something I do not enjoy when that money could be spent elsewhere.
6/15/2012 6:44:47 AM

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Leighton 10419:574
Originally posted by Sevenlee
Originally posted by jimmie65
Iíve always felt there is a difference between a beer geek and a beer snob. A Beer geek is the person who really appreciates good beer. A Beer is snob is like a beer geek but does it in a condescending way while turning their nose up at other peopleís beer selection.


I agree with this distinction 100%.
6/15/2012 6:56:13 AM

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drfabulous 3826:68
Yes. But so what? So am I.
6/15/2012 7:12:07 AM

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3fourths 7858:1270
Iím seeing a lot more beer blogs these days with "beer snob" or something similar in the title, only to scroll down and see posts praising Daleís Pale Ale and the like.
6/15/2012 9:46:18 AM

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tawney 1
I wish there was a "Like" button. :)

Originally posted by Sevenlee
Originally posted by jimmie65
You say "beer snob" likes itís a bad thing.

Yes, youíre a snob. No, you donít need to loosen up. Yes, people just donít understand.


Iíve always felt there is a difference between a beer geek and a beer snob. A Beer geek is the person who really appreciates good beer. A Beer is snob is like a beer geek but does it in a condescending way while turning their nose up at other peopleís beer selection.
6/15/2012 9:48:16 AM

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