Beer geeks vs Beer snobs

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by admiral1, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Beer geeks have great time drinking and loving good beer. Beer snobs are busy trying to one up each other and trying to put a label on everything.
  2. jl28r1

    jl28r1 Savant (490) Texas Jan 10, 2011

    In a fight, my money is on the beer snobs! Or was this not your point???:confused:
  3. stupac2

    stupac2 Initiate (0) California Feb 22, 2011

    You are definitely the first person to draw this distinction.
  4. Cee-Poe

    Cee-Poe Savant (250) Wisconsin Feb 12, 2013

    Yes, and beer snobs allow preconceived notions about a certain brewery(ies) cloud their judgment with quotes like "I don't like _________ brewery because they've gotten too big."
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  5. Gameover170

    Gameover170 Savant (355) Indiana Feb 8, 2013 Verified

    They are definitely the classic one uppers. "Oh you just tried Pliny? I had that 6 months ago"
  6. rails

    rails Aficionado (205) California Nov 8, 2012 Verified

    I only drink whales. I leave the rest for the common folk.

    actually I like to tell people I have the younger on tap at my pad
  7. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Snobs look down on people and make overly generalized statements in order to to prove their ways are better. If we are honest the OP was kinda snobby towards supposed snobs. Vicious circle we have here.
  8. CaptainNomihodai

    CaptainNomihodai Savant (345) Illinois Jan 24, 2011 Verified

    Anybody else wondering what led OP to come to such a shocking conclusion? There's gotta be a story here.
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  9. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    I have found that many people consider other people to be a beer snob, if you drink more expensive beer than the person doing the name calling. This also happens while drinking craft beer that costs about the same as the Macros.
  10. FEUO

    FEUO Initiate (0) Ontario (Canada) Jul 24, 2012

    Geeks are often self-proclaimed.
    Snobs always deny.
  11. CurtFromHershey

    CurtFromHershey Advocate (505) Minnesota Oct 4, 2012 Verified

    Geeks love good beer

    Snobs hate bad beer
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  12. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Champion (820) Ohio Feb 22, 2013

    I think the snobs are overtly dauchey the geeks are humbly dauchey I like my dauchery blatant I'll take the snob geek
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  13. LMAO! This is as entertaining as the "rare beer horders are dicks" thread.
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  14. Ri0

    Ri0 Poobah (1,120) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012 Verified

    If I get an IPA that is more than 2 weeks old, so help me... I'll drain pour that MFer!
  15. GoGators

    GoGators Advocate (715) New Jersey Aug 5, 2010 Verified

    I concur, but only someone who is both a beer geek and beer snob would start a thread and offer up this conclusion.
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  16. stayclean

    stayclean Savant (370) Wisconsin Mar 17, 2012

    I'm a beer drinker. :cool:
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  17. Sneers

    Sneers Savant (445) Pennsylvania Dec 27, 2009

    I can get behind this definition.
  18. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Savant (455) New Jersey Mar 2, 2009 Verified

    Snobs consistently brag about their drain-pours.
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  19. Beer Geek will try as many beers as they can. Beer Snob will not buy a beer unless they know its rating/reputation and wont buy it if its rating is deemed too low by them.
  20. Chinon01

    Chinon01 Savant (475) Pennsylvania Jan 23, 2007

    A beer geek is impressed w/ beer. A beer snob is impressed w/ himself or herself.
  21. Beer geeks to me are interested in the brewing methods, hops/malts/yeast used, the history, proper glassware, etc... without being an elitist about it. I fit into this and if someone asks me about something I'll talk about it. Also if someone mentions some IPA they have had recently the beer geek will say nice glad you enjoyed it, rather then saying its alright but xxxx ipa is much better.
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  22. Snobs are the people you want to give a blind tasting to...
  23. brureview

    brureview Advocate (570) Massachusetts Jan 20, 2012 Verified Subscriber

    Good points. There is no room for snobbery in craft beer. Beer is celebrated best as a communal beverage.
    It's a shared non-elitist enjoyment. Snobbery is exclusionary. There is no room for snobbery in the celebration of beer. Leave that for the oenophiles.
  24. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Advocate (500) Minnesota Jan 23, 2013 Verified

    I assume that if they can afford to "one up" their fellow snobs, they can afford their own hired goons to beat up the geeks? "Hey Moose, the judge find his checkbook!
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  25. Beer geeks enjoy craft beer because it is a passion. Beer snobs enjoy craft beer for the status and how it makes them look superior to be drinking a rare beer.
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  26. RichardMNixon

    RichardMNixon Advocate (590) Pennsylvania Jun 24, 2012 Subscriber

    That's it? I have Pliny the 3rd on tap at my place. Makes a great black and tan with Westvleteren 18.
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  27. robwater

    robwater Savant (250) Colorado Jan 14, 2012

    This is just a prelude to my Darker Lord.
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  28. Shagator

    Shagator Savant (420) Kentucky Mar 17, 2012

    What does dauchey mean?
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  29. maximthegreat

    maximthegreat Savant (280) Illinois Feb 13, 2013

    I'd probably agree with this, but also add that people can sometimes be snobs. It's all relative. If I'm at a party, I'll drink some stella. Do I think it's a fantastic beer? No. Am I going to enjoy myself anyway and not complain? Yes. I would probably not drink bud light though. I just don't like it; never did. Some people may find that snobby.
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  30. I second this.
    Knowledge beats Name recognition :D.
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  31. I find it Ironic that you have an avatar saying life is too short to drink cheap beer btw.
  32. raynmoon

    raynmoon Advocate (600) California Aug 13, 2011 Verified

    We're all beer snobs...

    Don't tell me it doesn't piss you off when one of your friends tries to tell you that Rolling Rock is better than something like Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin.
  33. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Advocate (640) California Jan 2, 2010 Verified

    beer geeks don't waste their time arguing with beer snobs
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  34. Geeks love beer and love talking about beer, even beer that they don't like. Snobs just like to tell you some great beer they have had.
  35. Snobs chase whale after whale while leaving all the great beer on the shelves.... Beer lovers drink 99% shelf beer and 1% rare/whales!
  36. crytion

    crytion Savant (255) Ohio Jun 24, 2010

    I always say "If you cant drink bad beer Then you don't really like beer." A beer snob is a beer snob because they like to feel as if they know more than some one else, But who really knows more about beer than the guy who will indiscriminately drink any and all beers?
  37. I agree. Good average beer is good beer. I have a friend who says he hates American beer and always get excited talking about the Belgian stuff. You can make great beer in the North Pole, so long as you have the right ingredients and equipment.

    I think a geek wants to know what a style is like and is happy when a beer represents that style, whereas a snob wants everything to taste like his favorite.
  38. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (860) Michigan May 8, 2006

    Why would it piss anyone off? Friends are entitled to their opinions just as much as we are to ours. Even if I do have a friend who thinks Rolling Rock is the best beer on the planet, I am still going to enjoy my choice in beer just the same.
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  39. crytion

    crytion Savant (255) Ohio Jun 24, 2010

    While I am aware that a filet mignon is a superior cut of beef I am known to bash a hamburger once in a while....even though I love the shit out of my filets.
  40. AceMaster

    AceMaster Aficionado (195) Iowa Jan 23, 2012

    i wish they had a like times 10 on this site damn it!
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