Friday, 11 February 2011

Craft beer

“Craft beer” is a label given by beer snobs to beer that they feel entitled to be snobbish about. Discuss...

11 comments:

  1. It's considerably quicker than saying "I'm not an alcoholic, I don't drink just anything, I prefer to drink beers with a stronger taste than mass produced beers have, and I like those tastes to vary widely, whilst not being restricted to the cask beers that the term 'Real Ale' has been traditionally applied", which is what it means to me. It's a short way of explaining to non-beer fans that you're not downing 10 pints of wifebeater a night when you tell them you're a beer fan.

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  2. Change the words snobs and snobbish to geeks and geekish and you are closer, in fact you may even nail it. It's not a snobbery thing though - beer geeks are good, beer snobs are bad.

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  3. Yeah, I'm happy to be labelled a geek, and unhappy to be labelled a snob.

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  4. I've never heard anyone utter the phrase "craft beer", and I have never come across it anywhere other than beer blogs. I'm not sure the average person would be any wiser as to what you meant.

    Deadmanjones: I see your point ~ if you came out with that mouthful, you'd be talking to fresh air. Why not: "I like decent (or good) beer"?

    I can say "I like real ale" because I drink hardly any other type of beer.

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  5. You have hit the nail on the head Mudgie!

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  6. I'm a snob, and very happy to be so.

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  7. Oh, and I left school at 16 and did a blue collar job for my first 10 years. Does that also make me working class too?

    Who cares anyway?

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  8. Actually, thinking about it, surely an accurate description is "beer brewed with the deliberate intention of appealing to beer enthusiasts". Thereby stuff brewed on Worthington's experimental plant, or Chocolate Tom, would qualify, but Batham's Bitter doesn't.

    @Dave - ooh, think I touched a nerve there ;-)

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  9. This, of course, is almost "craft beer defined". And, to be honest, I'd probably buy one if I saw it, although hopefully for a bit less than £9.99 for a four-pack.

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  10. Anyone who uses the phrase 'craft beer' or the word 'geek' is a complete tosser in my opinion. But then I have woken up in a bit of a grump!

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