Beer geeks vs Beer snobs

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

  1. admiral1

    admiral1 Jan 20, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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 Jan 10, 2011 Texas

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

    stupac2 Feb 22, 2011 California
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    You are definitely the first person to draw this distinction.
     
  4. Cee-Poe

    Cee-Poe Feb 12, 2013 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    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 Feb 8, 2013 Indiana
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    They are definitely the classic one uppers. "Oh you just tried Pliny? I had that 6 months ago"
     
  6. rails

    rails Nov 8, 2012 California
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    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 May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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 Jan 24, 2011 Illinois
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    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 Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    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 Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

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

    CurtFromHershey Oct 4, 2012 Minnesota
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    Geeks love good beer

    Snobs hate bad beer
     
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  12. SomethingClever

    SomethingClever Feb 22, 2013 Ohio

    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. Holmes698

    Holmes698 Mar 7, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    LMAO! This is as entertaining as the "rare beer horders are dicks" thread.
     
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  14. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    If I get an IPA that is more than 2 weeks old, so help me... I'll drain pour that MFer!
     
  15. GoGators

    GoGators Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    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 Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

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

    Sneers Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I can get behind this definition.
     
  18. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey
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    Snobs consistently brag about their drain-pours.
     
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  19. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    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 Jan 23, 2007 Pennsylvania

    A beer geek is impressed w/ beer. A beer snob is impressed w/ himself or herself.
     
  21. ShemRahBoo

    ShemRahBoo Jan 28, 2010 New Jersey
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    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. smitherz22

    smitherz22 May 8, 2012 California

    Snobs are the people you want to give a blind tasting to...
     
  23. brureview

    brureview Jan 20, 2012 Massachusetts

    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 Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    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, Rocco...help the judge find his checkbook!
     
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  25. Jacurdy60

    Jacurdy60 Jan 23, 2013 Massachusetts

    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 Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    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 Jan 14, 2012 Colorado

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

    Shagator Mar 17, 2012 Kentucky

    What does dauchey mean?
     
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  29. maximthegreat

    maximthegreat Feb 13, 2013 Illinois
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    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. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I second this.
    Knowledge beats Name recognition :D.
    Roshambeer!
     
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  31. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I find it Ironic that you have an avatar saying life is too short to drink cheap beer btw.
     
  32. raynmoon

    raynmoon Aug 13, 2011 Colorado
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    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 Jan 2, 2010 California
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    beer geeks don't waste their time arguing with beer snobs
     
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  34. Fattmatt73

    Fattmatt73 Feb 2, 2013 Georgia

    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. nickapalooza86

    nickapalooza86 Feb 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    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 Jun 24, 2010 Ohio

    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. angusdegraosta

    angusdegraosta Sep 23, 2010 New York

    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 May 8, 2006 Michigan

    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 Jun 24, 2010 Ohio

    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 Jan 23, 2012 Iowa

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