Beer snob stories

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 5thOhio, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Zealot (501) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    So, I'm not generally a beer snob. I don't look down on people's choices in beer. I don't tell people what to drink or not to drink. If offered a beer I don't care for, I politely say "no thanks" without comment. Etc and so forth.

    However comma...

    Over the holidays, my brother-in-law, nephew and I were waiting for other family members to meet us and decided to have a beer. The only place in the vicinity available was a Buffalo Wild Wings. Mid-day and it was pretty empty. We sat at the bar and looked at the tap selection. There were about 20 taps with 3 "meh" selections, a Widmer IPA, Guinness, and Bass Ale. The rest were nothing but Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Lite, Coors, Coors Lite, etc.

    Well. None of us like adjunct lagers; I don't particularly care for Irish Stouts or EPAs. If Bass or Guinness were free, maybe, but not to pay for. Nephew ordered the Widmer and I tasted it. It was pretty unimpressive. They had a few bottled beers but I don't buy bottled beers at premium prices when I can enjoy them at home for less.

    So Bro-in-Law & I said, "no thanks." The bartender's mouth literally and actually dropped open. She swept her arm towards the taps and said, "ALL these beers and you can't find ONE to drink!?" She was amazed. We maintained our politeness, didn't insult the beers, or her, or the bar and continued to smile and tell her we didn't see anything we wanted. She kinda sorta good-naturedly continued to rag us over not wanting any of their vast selection until the nephew finished his glass. His Dad paid for it and even gave her an extra large tip for her hurt feelings and we left.

    On top of the generous tip, we figured that we provided her with a story that she could re-tell for many months to come. Anyway, that's my "beer snob" story. What's yours?
  2. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Went to a Mexican restaurant with some friends after the gym, looked at the beer menu not expecting to find anything, didn't, and ordered water. This was after having mentioned at the gym that I was really craving a beer, so they asked me about it and I (very politely) said that there's nothing I'd want to order. In your situation I probably would have grabbed the Widmer IPA, that's better than anything you can get at Buffalo Wild Wings around here (not that I ever go there, just know their lack of selection from friends).

    I'm not exactly sure either mine or yours are really "beer snob" stories though. Yours is more notable for the ridiculous response from the bartender than anything "snobbish" you did.
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  3. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (566) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Their food and atmosphere are equally terrible to their beer selection. The BW3's here refuses to carry any craft (in Michigan it is a little better, most of them have 3 to 5 Craft/Michigan taps).
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  4. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    That's not being a snob, it's being a beer geek, very different. You were polite and you weren't a dick at all. I have seen snobs before....I once saw someone offered a Miller Light say, "No thanks, I like to actually taste my beer." That was being a snob.

    Ya' see, it's not what you do (as both you and the douche in my example denied the macro-choice) it's how you do it.
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  5. coachdicarlo

    coachdicarlo Initiate (0) Apr 20, 2012 Missouri

    My dad will commonly, after asking at a bar/restaurant with limited selection what beers they have available, respond with something to the effect of, "no, I said BEER."
  6. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aspirant (216) Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    My real problem with BWLD, besides it being very noisy, is that they promote craft beer loudly but they don't seem to know what it is. Blue Moon does not qualify, so stop calling it that. Also, why does every beer besides Guinness get served in a hefeweizen glass? I mean, come on.
  7. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    I went to one once in Evanston Il, and I recall them at least having Delerium Tremens on tap and a few other pretty good beers.
  8. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Your BWW sucks ... mine had about 1/3 BMCs and such, and then 2/3 craft ... I just went with an Arcadia Angler's Ale when I went and it was one hell of a delicious APA on-tap. Mmm...

    The only beer snob story I have, and it's not really one, is what happened yesterday. I got Hopslam and the guy said, "Overrated. Not at all worth $3 a bottle."

    Said nothing but thought "LOL". I hadn't had it at that point, but it had flawless ratings nearly everywhere I looked, including family. And I just had one, and it's the best beer I've ever had.
  9. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    One of my co-workers once scoffed at me when I briefly mentioned that I enjoy craft beer and have had a ton of different kinds. He said something along the lines of "I'm 6 years older than you and have been drinking forever, believe me, dude, I've had a LOT of different beers and probably WAY more than you."

    So I asked him what his all-time favorite was, and his reply was, "probably Guinness".

    I had to go to the bathroom to spit out the blood that had accumulated in my mouth from biting my tongue so hard.
  10. Bankhead

    Bankhead Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2008 California


    became a beer snob

    will die a beer snob
  11. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    My wife called me an elitest because I bring beer/glasses to a party and just cant "enjoy" what the hosts have. Im sorry I dont like Bud light and Dos Equis.

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  12. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    My bdubs has my favorite beer (headhunter) on tap :slight_smile:
  13. USMCretired

    USMCretired Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2012 California

    Most snobbish thing i've done is request a non-frozen mug
  14. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    But... Dos Equis is an import, and as such is superior to ANY American beer!
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  15. DogfishJoe

    DogfishJoe Initiate (189) Feb 14, 2010 Ohio
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    Man that drives me crazy when someone says a beer is overrated! It's beer it's hyped
    Up because lots of people enjoy it, not everyone. Taste is subjective
  16. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    I've done the same thing. I've also had to request a glass before. I don't feel snobby for the second, but the first is borderline.
  17. acevenom

    acevenom Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    I was once called high-maintenance because I like craft beer. :confused:
  18. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    I'm unfortunate enough to live in a place where craft beer is a rarity (save for one excellent store). A few weeks ago I went out for a friends birthday celebration to a restaraunt. There was no mention of beer in the menus so I asked what was available. After the funny look I received from the hostess and some of the people there who didn't know me (they had ordered Bud Lights all round without hesitation) she rattled off the extensive beer list. And by extensive, I mean pretty much every variety of Bud and Light beer I had ever heard of. I mean not even a Guinness!
    I did feel a little guilty for ordering a water after reading off such a long list but I refuse to pay $10 for a pint of Bud or its variants.
  19. BetterBeerPlz

    BetterBeerPlz Aspirant (227) Sep 8, 2007 Arkansas

    I'll take Dos Equis Amber over BMC. It's pretty good. :slight_smile:
  20. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Well, there's your problem right there.
  21. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (349) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Someone piped in later that night saying they agreed with me, that they should have more craft on tap..."like Stella Artois"...
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  22. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I don't think there has ever been a time where I couldn't find something to drink, I've been known to order a Blue Moon (w/orange wedge) at restaurants with weak lineups, Dos Equis at my favorite Mexican place paired with my spicy order, and drink BMC\light beers at sporting events\parties.

    That doesn't mean if given the choice I wouldn't order\drink something with more flavor, but as it stands I can adapt to almost any drinking environment like a beer Ninja.
  23. Psychmusic

    Psychmusic Disciple (366) Jun 22, 2012 Connecticut
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    I hate that when people know I'm into beer they assume I'm a snob about it. at family parties where there's Bud I'll always get a few snide "oh he doesn't drink this type of beer." The only time I act snobbish is when someone else is trying to put peoples choices down because they're so enlightened that they drink Shocktop instead of Bud Light- that really drives me nuts
  24. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Ive done that and I wouldn't call it snobbish.
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  25. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Same. There's a point where I realize alcohol's alcohol, so what the hell.
  26. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    That's pretty snobby!! :slight_smile:
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  27. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    Nah. Bringing your own beer to a party's not so bad, but a glass is sort of "woo-hoo" :wink:

    That's alright though. I had my first Celebration Ale at my friend's house last week and requested a pint glass, so.
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  28. Derranged

    Derranged Devotee (479) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    I don't consider myself a beer snob but I have had "snobbish" moments.

    Most of my friends are BMC drinkers. Sometimes I pick up a 12 pack of Corona, Bud Light etc for them before I get to their place. As I'm bringing the beer over the checkout counter, I sometimes start thinking to myself "I don't want people to think I drink this stuff".

    Snobbish yay or nay?
  29. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Poo-Bah (1,760) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    I figure the people behind the counter are used to people drinking swill, and probably drink it themselves, so ... meh.

    I had a PBR craving and bought a six-pack a month or so ago. I didn't feel bad because I said the above line in my head.
  30. jaIsPoAn

    jaIsPoAn Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2012 New York

    What do you expect to find at a Mexican restaurant lol?
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  31. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    I agree with everything you have to say!! I wouldn't call myself a Ninja tho... More like a straight-out alcoholic!!
  32. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    When I buy a few bombers and a couple of sixpacks and they ask, "Do want this in a box?" and I say, "Sure", they grab a ShockTop empty case from the pile.

    "Damn," I think to myself, "I hope no one sees me carrying this to my car..." :grimacing:
  33. TimJohnsonMN

    TimJohnsonMN Initiate (23) Dec 24, 2009 Minnesota

    Yup. Had this same experience last week.
  34. fearfactory

    fearfactory Disciple (354) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I was called a beer snob more than once during a 7 day Boston-Bermuda-Boston cruise. It was by my friends, while they explained to the many waiters that asked, why I never wanted a "bucket" of BMC like everyone else. Luckily I don't mind cocktails.....
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  35. xnicknj

    xnicknj Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    same here, although i leave the glassware at home when i go to my fiancee's family's places, otherwise i bring a taster or something all the time.
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  36. mjshearer1

    mjshearer1 Aspirant (213) Dec 16, 2011 Michigan
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    I have very little impulse control on saying things like "shitty", "pee-water", or "triple hops brewed" in a very sarcastic tone when I see friends or family drinking Bud, Miller, Coors, etc., and an even harder time not laughing in someone's face when they tell me Shock Top is good beer. I'm usually very polite in public, though.

    I try so hard to turn off my beer snobbery. I really do. Even if I don't say anything, I usually (unintentionally) shoot some sideways glance, a tiny smirk, or an eye twitch. It's invaded my core. On the plus side, I have gotten a lot of my family/friends interested in some craft brews, so it's serving some purpose.
  37. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    Oh, I didn't expect anything, but I looked anyway on the off-chance there might be something. I didn't even say anything about it, the only reason the beer selection (or lack thereof) came up is because people had heard me mentioning I was craving a beer while at the gym, but I decided to get Mexican food with my friends rather than go to the bar alone. Had a beer at home after dinner instead.
  38. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    order a black and tan and get call it a day.
  39. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    What if they don't have BCBS and Hopslam on tap to make it though?
  40. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (740) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I'd say my most snobbish moments have been responses to the waitresses that say "we've got everything" when asked what beer they have. Responses like "great, give me an Arrogant Bastard" or "I'll have a Breakfast Stout" tend to annoy the wait staff.
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