Beer snob stories

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  1. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,329) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    I've found BWWs in the midwest are way better. Last ones I went to Michigan and Ohio both had a couple of primo choices. Bell's Two-Hearted, Great Lakes Christmas and some really local stuff. I had a Round Barn Cocoa Stout and it was quite delicious.

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  2. FEUO

    FEUO Disciple (327) Jul 24, 2012 Ontario (Canada)

    This.... is me.
    I catch myself doing it less and less, however.

    And if I go to a place with little selection.... easy, a decent rye or bourbon neat, please!
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  3. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,131) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Had dinner with an Englishman one time who requested a non-frozen mug which the waitress would not bring, so he poured his ice cold beer into the mug and held it between his legs to warm it up... I want to say it was a Hamm's or Old Style...we were not in a beer mecca... He went on quite a bit about American's not knowing how to drink beer properly, but I'm kinda thinking that particular beer might just have gone down better ice cold :wink:
  4. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Zealot (502) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    I felt bad over Christmas when I let my snobbery get the best of me. Nothing major, but indeed snobbish.

    Every Christmas Eve, my parents and the family have dinner with their neighbors, been doing it since I can remember. So this Christmas Eve, my brother-in-law (who loves craft beer) and I were talking beer, and my neighbor (from childhood, that is) chimes in and says his new beer of choice is Guinness, and I slipped..."I'm sorry," I said. My brother-in-law chuckled and sort of agreed with me.
    "You don't like it?!" my neighbor said. "I love Guinness! I love how dark and thick it is." That's when I realized he thought Guinness was as hardcore as it gets, and that my brother-in-law and I couldn't handle it. I started to try to explain that compared to other stouts, it's really nothing special, but eventually I just gave up and enjoyed my beer. But I still felt pretty douchey.
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  5. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,533) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I don't even see this as being a beer geek (it's certainly not snobby, IMHO).

    To use a wine analogy, would someone call the OP a snob or a wine geek if he went to a wine bar and all they had was jug wine and box wine (such as franzia and the like), and he said no thanks? Hey, nothing against gallo rhine wine or franzia blush if that's what you like, but it's not what I want to drink when I go to a wine bar (or any place else for that matter), and I doubt anyone would give me a second look if I said no thanks. So it's not clear to me how the situation noted by the OP is any different. (especially as he was completely polite about it and didn't make a scene)

    I also don't think it would make someone a snob if they told the bartender "No thanks, I like to actually taste my beer." (unless he was just trying to be funny - context is everything in a situation like that). IMHO, I thnk it makes them something of a jerk. I have to tell you it's certainly a thought that crosses my mind, but I keep that thought to myself!

    I've had similar experiences myself, and at least these days, I simply tell the waiter or bartender that I prefer fuller, richer style beers, which is why their selection doesn't appeal to me. I make it a point to be polite and not the least bit condescending. After all, what control does the waiter or bartender have over the beer selection?

    All that aside, what about the converse of the OP situation? The local BWW near me has a so-so tap list (though I can usually find something I can tolerate), but just recently they started carrying bottles of Double Jack DIPA (which I REALLY like). I made it a point to express my surpise and pleasure at seeing it on the menu, told them how impressed I was, and told them I would make it a point of going back often. I also left a sizeable tip, just so they had a tangeable example/expression of my appreciation. So is that then being a snob?
  6. CommanderOfAwesome

    CommanderOfAwesome Devotee (466) Aug 30, 2012 California

    I've gone to a few house parties and decided to just not drink. Nothing worth drinking. No point, I just won't enjoy it.
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  7. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    My SIL's family will only drink Bud and pretty much only frequent a bar that would be upped in class by calling it a "hole in the wall." Not only will I not drink a beer there, I won't even order anything that they serve out of a glass because, well, I'm pretty sure that cleanliness is NOT next to godliness for this place. You only need to be served a coke in a glass with lip marks once to decide that you are suddenly not thirsty at all. And because of this, I'm known in her family as a bit of a beer snob. I'm OK with that.
  8. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    I cant drink my good beers from the bottle or a red solo cup. Ill take ownership and say I dont mind the snickers. I enjoy being different from the herd.

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  9. fastenoughforphish

    fastenoughforphish Aspirant (218) Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    I am the same way, I can definitely pony up and drink some bud or coors or whatever at sporting events or parties ect. Then again I am less the one year removed from undergrad, sooooo...
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  10. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    I second this. Sometimes you just need a beer, terrific or not!
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  11. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    You weren't a snob, you handled it well and were polite. A beer snob would have began angrily ranting about BMC, face turning increasingly red while wildly gesturing with both hands, before side-tracking into listing all of the triple-oaked bourbon wethopped anniversary edition abbey ales BWW should carry.

    At places like BWW, I find that all of the beer tastes like Bud Light because they don't care for the taps and lines properly. I tend to avoid going to BWW for this, among other, reasons.
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  12. SaisonDeath

    SaisonDeath Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2012

    I once suplexed a bartender through a table for serving a Westmalle tripel in a tulip glass instead of a chalice.
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  13. SerialTicker

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

    If you live in Michigan, I recommend Twisted Rooster ... their Happy Hour specials are fantastic. 10 taps from Michigan that rotate frequently, and $2 a pint.
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  14. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    I don't think it is.
  15. ripps1

    ripps1 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 New Jersey

    I try not to be a beer snob. But sometimes people perceive me as one because I enjoy good beer. I also, won't comment on what other people drink. Taste is subjective so perhaps BMC tastes good to people. To each their own is my philosophy.
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  16. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,131) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Isn't that being an advocate?
  17. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Did that as well and got a HUGE eye roll/dirty look from the bartender. She asked why I didn't want a frosted mug and I just said "I dont like my beer too cold." About 30 mins later I ordered another beer and she said "I'm giving you the frosted mug because the cooler that we store this one in isn't as cold as the one your previous beer came from."

    You can't make this stuff up.
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  18. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Aspirant (295) Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    I was at a local beer joint and watched a guy go apeshit on the bartender because he served the beer "in a f*&#ng snifter".....Listen, if it's a good beer, i'll take a red solo cup if I need to....
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  19. gir02021

    gir02021 Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2012 Illinois

    Truth, all of them near me have the above mentioned beers
  20. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    In the OP's situation....or another similar one....I ask if the other party can spare 4 minutes. I then play this on my phone or Ipod:

  21. Squidly

    Squidly Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    I can usually find something to drink. My peeve is with uneducated/disenterested bartenders. When faced with a never ending, never changing wall of BMC taps, you'd think they'd know precisely what comes out when they pull that one with the goose head.
  22. JulianB

    JulianB Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2012 South Carolina

    I don't understand why this kind of thing is such a big deal for some bartenders, do they not have any glasses that aren't frosted? I mean, talk about going out of your way to not satisfy the customer.

    On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, one of the local bars near me has a special once a week on their bottles in the fridge, which includes a barleywine from Duck Rabbit. I routinely ask the bartender if he will take one out of the fridge and leave it on the counter for an hour to warm up, and emphatically let him know that I plan on buying it. He's always happy to do so and I've never reneged on claiming that I'll order it later.
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  23. Steimie

    Steimie Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Michigan

    Oh for the love of God.
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  24. pthor

    pthor Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2013 California

    Finally... Someone with sense. My favorite beer is COLD...

    I'm not picky when my choices are limited, however, I will draw the line at light beer~ I just can't stomach that stuff.
  25. mrhartounian

    mrhartounian Aspirant (206) Nov 23, 2009 Massachusetts

    In my experience it is the BMC drinkers who are the snobs, as they have no problem making fun of the beer I drink and think that theirs is the best.
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  26. SerialTicker

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

    My friends are BMC-only drinkers (Except one who at least TRIES craft beer, though he dislikes most of it), and I tell them all the time that that "beer" is catered to women (or at least I've been told, which is why it's so watered down), and they vehemently disagree, saying that their beer is the "REAL, MANLY" beer.

    I mean, I too drink BMCs when there's no other option, but. Ugh..
  27. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Wow! I've found my long lost brother. Only difference is - my wife stopped calling me names since I keep my mouth shut and just drink.
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  28. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Although when they say they have "everything", it usually means the usual suspects, I do the same thing, just to make a point.
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  29. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,533) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I think so, but... arguably, wasn't that what the OP was doing as well?
  30. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,602) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    Nope, Im still young and dont like the fact that because I dont do what my friends do, they think I am better than them. I will voice my opinion still.

  31. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Yea, it's not like its an affront to them, its just personal preference.
  32. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Crusader (736) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Oh, don't get me wrong. When I'm not with my wife, I will ask a macro drinking friend or relative if they would like to try a beer with some real taste. If they're brave enough to try a sip, they immediately say this beer's too strong for me. And it's usually a pale ale or IPA between 6 - 8%. I will then tell them it tastes strong because the stuff they've been drinking is a watered-down alcoholized soft drink.
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  33. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    I try to internalize my disappointment as much as possible, but sometimes it may spill over. I'll share this story that I've shared on here before:

    I was at Bar Louie down at Patriot Place for a friend's birthday scouring over the beer list. They pretty much had your standard selection of BMC shit (really, just looking at it makes me sick as well as 2 drafts of note: Sam Adams Boston Lager and "Ask Your Server About Our Special Rotating Tap." Naturally, I inquired about the rotating beer and, I shit you not, the waitress responded with this: "The rotating tap this month is Sam Adams Boston Lager." I've never facepalmed harder in my life and the details about what happened after are a little hazy due to the brain trauma I just subjected myself to. I believe I asked if she was serious multiple times and then started shouting about why the "special ROTATING tap" is something that they always carry. I think I begrudgingly ordered a Newcastle. It was terrible
  34. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    I typically will not have a beer if there's nothing I'm interested in so I'll just do a water or DC. The exception is my local cigar lounge. I can bring my own sticks so I'll typically order a Fat Tire to sip on while enjoying a stogie....or I'll order a Mac 12. I figure if I'm going to use their lounge smoking my sticks, I'm gonna buy something.
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  35. Hockey_Fan

    Hockey_Fan Devotee (468) Jan 13, 2013 Maryland

    I've had snobbish moments when I was younger, but as I got older I realized it's just beer. I no longer expect the masses to share my appreciation for craft beer and I don't care that they don't. I will order what I believe to be the best beer a restaurant offers, if nothing appeals to me I will order a glass of wine. If I'm at a party or some other function and I'm offered a BMC product, and that's my only choice, I will probably take it.
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  36. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,131) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Yep - seems so to me!
  37. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    Heh. I find it jarring when other people in this thread try abbreviations other than BW3. Does that make me a Buffalo Wild Wings snob?
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  38. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (565) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    No it just makes you stupid.:slight_smile:
  39. BigStein88

    BigStein88 Disciple (305) Nov 5, 2007 New Hampshire
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    I often bring a growler when headed to a buddies for the evening and will bring a pint glass if I know I need one. My good friends, I try to give them some pint glasses for birthday gifts so I know they will have some on hand. Have never turned down a frozen glass and would only not drink under the most dire of bar circumstances. A cold Corona on a hot summer day is a must a few times a summer. And my friends and family can drink whatever the hell they want, but I will try to get them to try some new and hoppier selections when they are with me.
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  40. boddhitree

    boddhitree Devotee (482) Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    Thank you, I will play this for every person I know.
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