Are You a Beer Snob?
Beer geeks, enthusiasts, connoisseurs. They’re all the same, more or less, but unfortunately, far too many confuse these passionate types as being “beer snobs.” Even worse, some label themselves as beer snobs.
Let’s back it up. Merriam-Webster defines a snob as “one who tends to rebuff, avoid, or ignore those regarded as inferior” and “one who has an offensive air of superiority in matters of knowledge or taste.” Apply that to beer, and we basically have an arrogant beer drinker who thinks they know it all and is critical of anyone who doesn’t share their tastes in beer.
Now, we’re not sure about you, but that doesn’t sound like a cool person to hang with, let alone be. We’re talking about people who express their passion in a very negative way and give the rest of the beer community a bad name. These people are everything we all used to mock wine snobs for being, but worse.
Hell, you could be one too. Let’s find out.
You know you’re a beer snob if …
• You think your palate is better than everyone else’s.
• You put others down for their beer choices.
• You criticize and dismiss beers you haven’t tried.
• You can’t refuse a beer you deem inferior without being snarky.
• You feel compelled to correct people because you think they’re wrong.
• You think breweries are overrated just because they’ve become popular or successful.
• You feel the need to defend yourself after reading this.
It’s important to remember that you’re not a beer snob simply because you have a discerning palate. It’s your palate and your wallet, so like or dislike what you want. Just don’t be a snob about it.
Respect Beer. ■