The Subtle Art of Beer Snobbery ~ Modern Drunkard magazine
November 3, 2009
The Subtle Art of Beer Snobbery
Modern Drunkard magazine ^ | October, 2009 | Frank Rich
Posted on Monday, November 02, 2009 8:15:14 PM by dynachrome
While wine snobs have blighted the earth for thousands of years (you can bet there was at least one guy curling his lip at the vintage of Jesus first and best miracle), beer snobbery is a relatively young art, especially in the U.S.
This is because every beer in the country once tasted exactly the same. Oh sure, there were Bud lovers and MGD aficionados who would swear they could tell the difference, but if you gave them a blind taste test, youd soon discover theyd just keep asking for another test taste until there wasnt any beer left and they were passed out on your sofa.
Furthermore, beer was considered the balm of the common man, it was not something you swirled in a glass and judged by its nose. It was something you swilled from a plastic cup and sometimes shot through your nose.
Then the microbrewery revolution swept the country and soon every abandoned firehouse, bank and shoe factory was outfitted with a vat and turning out every possible form and flavor of beer you could imagine, and some you would rather not.
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