Beer Snob- “the unfair term given to those who enjoy high quality beer”
While most people use the term “beer snob” as a four letter word in social circles, I am proud of it. The definition above was taken from Urban Dictionary. There were other definitions, but this one was the most appropriate. The term beer snob is a term used in many cases for people like myself. These people are passionate about beer and they love to show it. We love the variety and the sense of community that comes with drinking craft beer. As a self-declared beer snob I am proud of it as I have found something I am passionate about and I’m not the only one. There are some people that take it too far and I am going to dub those people “beer assholes” in a section to come. So, If you have been called a beer snob, please read on.
How to Beer Snob- The Right Way
Being a beer snob comes with a responsibility. This responsibility is grounded in the fact that you should never shame anyone’s drink preference. At the end of the day, we all like the same thing in one form or another. Beer is something that should unite us all instead of dividing us. At a time of great division it is comforting to have a community to fall back on. In general, the beer community is inviting, and that is the way that it should be. After all, we are all in it for the same thing whether you are a consumer or a brewer. In many cases, both are true. We are in it for the love of beer and it should stay that way.
What Makes Someone a Beer Asshole?
A Beer Asshole is someone that claims to be passionate about beer, but does nothing for the community except for creating a stigma around it. Consequently, this stigma causes the term of “beer snob” to seem like a curse. A Beer Asshole thinks that a beer must be expensive and uncommon for it to be a good beer and they shame others for liking their Coors Light and PBR. Personally, I enjoy a cheap light beer from time to time, but I have to be in the mood for it.
I strongly discourage this type of behavior as it does turn people off from the world of craft beer. As a community, we should strive to be better. We should strive to be as inviting and welcoming as an imperial stout on a cool winter night. It is our responsibility as beer writers and consumers alike to welcome others into the fold. As always, it should be about the love of beer, not the price tag.
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