Beer snob stories

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  1. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (156) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island
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    I think it also depends on the party. If its a bunch of close friends, I have no problem bringing my own glasses or beer. If its people I am not that close to, I'll just drink what they have.
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  2. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (413) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I used to be the guy in college that would buy a sixer of something "good" (in those days it was probably Killians or an import like Harp) before I would start drinking from the BMC keg.
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  3. Nectar

    Nectar Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2013 New Jersey

    A lot of this isnt snobbery, its just expecting good service at a bar...

    I think sometimes we care too much about what others think. Im going to drink what I like, and you can try it to if you want.
  4. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,247) Jun 4, 2012 Michigan
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    A friend of a friend once came over with a 12 pack of Killian's exclaiming that " Beer doesn't get any better ". He then continued to tell me how Widowmaker by Keneewaw Brewing Company is in the fact the darkest, Most powerful beer in existence and that he once tried bought a six-pack of Skull Splitter, Took once sip and poured the rest of the six-pack down the drain. I attempted to get him to try a sip of my Sierra Nevada Stout but he wouldn't budge and continued to claim that there was no way it was darker than Widowmaker and that there was no way it was better than Killian's. I was eventually able to get him to try a sip of Dirty Bastard to which he told me it was officially worse than Skull Splitter and that I had no clue about good beer. Mind you, This guy is a 24 year old trust fund baby who seemed to think he was some type of Aristocrat. I simply bit my tongue and left the room.
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  5. 7clutch

    7clutch Aspirant (212) Sep 14, 2012 Florida
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    Friends who drink BMC have called me a snob just for ordering whatever craft beer xx random bar has. I'll say how much I like this or that beer, nothing more, without being snobbish or putting down the beer they like. It's weird how a lot of BMC drinkers I am friends with have been preemptively critical of the beers I drink, as if they're waiting for me to put down their go-to BMC. I guess maybe they experienced beer snobbery in the past. Or I'm just friends with dicks.
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  6. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (800) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    I know who I am, and I know what I like.
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  7. vertigelt1

    vertigelt1 Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2009 Texas

    This story isn’t so much about beer snobbery as it is about beer posers.

    Last September, I was hanging out with my cousin in Joplin, MO, celebrating his recent nuptials with his new wife and some of their friends from various places throughout the country. We ended up at a casino just outside town in Oklahoma that was rather nice (for an Indian casino). Unfortunately, the closest their beers came to serving craft was Blue Moon. But, while we were wandering the slots and tables, some of the gals in our party were getting chatted up buy a young guy. For some reason, the conversation moved to beer; the girls were by no means beer geeks, but they did have some experience with and appreciation for craft beer. The guy decided to make the bold claim that he’d had over a thousand different kinds of beer. Perhaps not a bold claim for those of us here at BA, but for a random young guy at a casino in the middle of nowhere, it was definitely conspicuous. The girls started to quiz him with simple questions like what his favorite styles of beer were, or who his favorite brewer was.

    The guy could come up with nothing. He was listing Killian’s Red as an example of his far-reaching experience in beer. We asked him about Dogfish Head, Stone, Boulevard. He’d never heard of them! Duvel, Rochefort, Chimay, Delerium: same. How do you drink a thousand different kinds of beers and not even have HEARD of Dogfish Head? He was FROM Kansas City and had never heard of Boulevard. When pressed on Sierra Nevada, he said, “Oh, yeah. I’ve had some of their stuff. It’s pretty OK.” 'Had some of their stuff', but couldn’t name any of their beers. I know it’s POSSIBLE to have a VERY wide range of experience without necessarily committing every beer you’ve had to memory. Not every beer nerd is writing reviews on BA or checking their beers in on Untappd. But if you’re going to brag about how many different beers you’ve had, you kinda at least need to be INTO beer enough to know who the big players are.

    It was really kinda silly. I mean, I’m only up to about 850 different beers (700 that I’ve recorded on Untappd); at the time the conversation was happening, I was at about 450. So, I know just how familiar with the different beers you kinda have to be in order to even keep track of it all. So, to claim to have had over twice that and have an utter lack of familiarity with anything outside a limited set of rather bland beers… it really rankled me.
  8. TheSaboteur

    TheSaboteur Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2010 Nebraska

    I refuse to drink anything but KH and Rare.
  9. Kerrie

    Kerrie Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2012 Michigan

    My mom told me that she didn't want a sip of my beer (a Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat, that day) because she "didn't want to ruin her palate." I guess she was worried that she'd never get a cheap buzz off her Busch Light again if she tried it.
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  10. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Aspirant (268) Jan 13, 2006 New Mexico

    I'm a beer snob. I just came from a store in Midland Texas that sells mostly wine but has a small but excellent selection of "craft" beer. recently they started selling wine by the glass and installed about 6 taps for good beer. Tonight their beer choices were: Paulaner Hefeweizen, Alamo Golden Ale, Agave Wheat, Dogfish Head 127 Minute, and a couple of others I couldn't see from my bar stool. There was a customer raving about the 127 Minute IPA telling some wine drinking women that it was the best beer in the world. I asked the bartender if that wasn't 120, not 127, and she agreed but said that it was too strong to be sold in regular pint glasses, that since it was between 14 and 25% ABV it could only be sold in taster glasses. I told her it's 21%, so she explained that the brewery, wherever it is, has no real control over how strong the beer ends up being so her boss told her to be careful and only sell the little glasses of it. You gotta love it. BTW the wine drinking women bought a $10 6 oz glass of it and couldn't stand more than a small taste so they gave it to me.
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  11. Crusader

    Crusader Initiate (193) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    One story which comes to mind is when my mother was taking our family plus some extended family to dinner at a restaurant. The food is listed on the individual menus we get, but the drinks are listed on a separate piece on the table. As each person orders their food they also order beer with their food but without having looked at the drinks menu and not specifying their order beyond "beer". I looked at the drinks menu and the selection was minimal, less than a handful of macro lagers were the only beer options. I ordered a Heineken on draft and everyone else who didn't specify got the same beer (obviously the house draft beer). My mother commented on how tasty the beer was which I agreed with as I think Heineken is in fact a tasty pale lager beer (yes you are allowed to laugh at me). But to not even glance over the options and order blindly by drinks category just seems odd to me. At least she was served a beer that she likes, but how would she know what she was being served and enjoyed if it hadn't been served in a branded glass? Then again Sweden is home to the expression en stor stark (one large strong) so people are used to not specifying their beer order beyond wanting an abv around 5%.
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  12. obrike

    obrike Crusader (705) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    Guilty with that one myself. Felt a little snobbish and got a weird look from the server, but all in all no harm done.
  13. vthippie

    vthippie Initiate (146) Dec 18, 2012 Vermont

    Alright, I'm gonna fess up to one, and unlike most of the stories I've read this was pretty snobby, can't say I am proud.

    Friend of my wife came to town and we were going out to dinner, I keep nixing places as I wanted to go somewhere that had Hill Farmsted on tap, finally decide on El Cortijo, get there and the wait is 40 minutes and they don't want to wait, I suggest Farmhouse, denied, friend is not in beer mood and they are beer only, she suggests a number of places but my Hill lust is at a fever pitch at this point and I continue to nix, this devolved into a semi-meltdown/argument on Church St (if you have never been to Burlington it's a pedestrian mall-type area) until we settled on Bluebird which has great food, full bar and HF Edward on tap.

    Not one of my finer moments.
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  14. WIED

    WIED Initiate (130) Jan 14, 2008 Montana

    A certain city in Montana has a two(now three) day music event and one of the sponsers of it is a multi-national brewing conglomerate. The event is held right in the middle of six stellar craft brewerys all within a 7 block radius and now with the addition of a distillery. At this event they have no problem charging $5 for the usuall suspects and $6 for the "high end" and fake craft. Why pay that when I can have a local brew for $3.50-4.50 a half a block away. Needless to say I'm usually rolling when I walk into the gates but drink water the rest of the evening.
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  15. Giantspace

    Giantspace Zealot (514) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    where did you get the mug?

  16. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    great taste in both but I have to go with 21 yr old George Dickel,my favorite sipping bourbon.
  17. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (800) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    It was a gift from an extended family member. It might have come from Canada. At first I thought it was cheezy (which it is), but I've come to love it more over time.
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  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,260) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

  19. GoGators

    GoGators Crusader (735) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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  20. SaisonDeath

    SaisonDeath Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2012

    I would never dare serve my friends who go to AA a glass of O'doul's in a mug. They'd only expect it in a Pilsner or Pint glass that was never washed with dish soap and only cleaned with a lint free cloth. Also, I don't like how there is light shinning on the bottles of Geuze.
  21. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,260) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    I would say it is marketed to the annoyed friends, aggravated family members and "bored to tears hearing beer stories" co-workers of that group of people. :grinning:

    And, to be fair, it's just as appropriate a gift to someone who will only drink Bud Light (or Heineken, Corona, Guinness, etc) and considers Miller Lite and Coors Light "that swill" or calls craft beer "that foo-foo stuff".
  22. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    There seem to be many more BMC beer snobs out there than there are craft beer snobs.
  23. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (800) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    Sorry about the O'Doul's; I was fresh out of Blue Moon :rolling_eyes: As for the bottles of gueuze, it was intentional, as I felt it was important for them to come out of the darkness for a bit, to watch... and learn.
  24. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (800) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    Yikes! Well, I found a way to bring it to the forums for a wee bit of humor, so it's served some sort of purpose. For the record, that is the first beer I've ever poured into that mug. I'm gonna hang on to it, though, for a time shall come when it's once again needed (for something other than holding beer).
  25. oregone

    oregone Disciple (357) Jul 2, 2008 Oregon

    Have they given you the employee of the year honors yet?

    I kid... I kid...
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  26. Chrome_Dome

    Chrome_Dome Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2012 Ohio

    I went to Rooster's recently (wings place in Columbus), found 7 tap handles, 5 were BMC variants, 2 were Sam Adams Winter and Fox Barrel Cider. Internally, I was surprised to find myself actually becoming angry... like.. I it wasn't just frustration or annoyance... I was angry to be inside an establishment where the franchise owner was insulting me by providing such a boring tap line... rationally, I completely recognize it's probably spot-on for that area's average customer demographic, and I didn't complain to the waitress or anything... but.. I'm definitely heading down the road to beer snobbery.
  27. CDRSchafer

    CDRSchafer Initiate (0) Dec 5, 2008 Texas

    I complained to my table at Flying Saucer when they served me a Hefeweizen in a pint glass. Didn't realize one of the managers was sitting there. They need to hear this stuff though.
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  28. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

  29. tdmccarthy

    tdmccarthy Devotee (456) May 6, 2010 Illinois

    I don't really get these responses. I've always considered it rude to show up at anybody's house empty handed. Therefor I've always taken a 6, 12 pack or some bombers of craft beer with the intention of sharing whenever I've gone to anybody's place. If people there will drink what I've taken I'll leave what's left, too.
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  30. HopsHopenstein

    HopsHopenstein Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2011 Connecticut
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    I try not to be snobby when it comes to my friends and their beer choices. However they usually bust my balls for mine. So now whenever there is a party, cookout, golf outing I always bring (Heady, Sea Hag, Gandhi Bot, Jai lai, etc) they see a can and they assume Ive conformed.
  31. dwitt24

    dwitt24 Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2011 Washington

    I wouldnt say that im a major beer snob but ive had my moments...I go to Portland once every 2-3 months to visit my best friend (who got me into micros) and ive got to try the best beer in the world

    Which brings me to going home (which is in Idaho)...they have the crappiest breweries ever...i mean you might as well go out and drink goat piss. So friends wanted to go to Barleys, i hesitated cause it was not only smokey but had just a god awful selection of their own beer (hell on mondays if you take your own pint glass its $.50 which shows you how poor of quality it is).

    We get there and they have 7 of their beers on tap (all poop) and 7 others (coors light, bud light, budweiser, miller light, widmer hefe, blue moon, and stella artois)

    Having literally just came back from a trip to pdx and worked 3 days then went home i sat and stared at the taps and finally after much thought ordered a stella

    Bartender says we have our beers on draft right now for $1.50 and i laughed and said id never buy their beer again as how it is terrible which offended him since he in fact was the assistant brewer

    He finally got through with his reasoning and i just nodded waiting for my stella ($4.00) which when i got was warmer than it should and tastes flat...he then said it was tapped 5 months ago...i literally put it down and paid my $4 no tip, ordered a rum and coke (its a full bar as well) and when i received it and paid i said to the bartender "wow, how do you call yourself a beer bar, this is just pitiful, take notes from APEX and Baileys if your ever in Portland" and walked away without letting him speak

    Yeah so id say im a snob...i make decent $$ in Agronomy (yakima hops in the world) and i know what im doing to ensure good breweries are getting in their purchasing of not only the hops but wheat, barley, etc. i want to drink the best beer wherever it may be

    Personally no place in the US can compare to the PacNW...we literally have the best everything...spoiled here

    Only markets that come close are Colorado and California (coastline)
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  32. Jnorton00

    Jnorton00 Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2007 Massachusetts

    That just sounds like you were being an ass to the guy.
  33. CaptFrothy

    CaptFrothy Disciple (341) Dec 9, 2006 Maryland

    I was at a Birthday Barbeque that had a keg of Bud Light. When someone asked "what's in the keg?"
    I sarcasticlly replied 'Slug Poison'.

    After the suprised look I got, I felt like a douchy snob.
  34. seplo

    seplo Disciple (376) Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
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    I guess i can be a beer snob but i think of it as "I know what i like". For example i ask what kind of beer is going to be at parties i go to so if i dont like it what they have(which is everytime) i bring my own and i bring my own cooler cuz the last thing i want is some BMC drinker grabbing one of mine not liking it and leaving a beer on the deck with one sip taken out of it. Plus im a Mets fan and thank God they have a craft beer cooler behind center field, its mainly Brooklyn brewing but its a hell of a lot better than Bud and Miller.I consider myself a beer geek but i guess i can be snobish from time to time
  35. MarcM

    MarcM Initiate (131) Aug 19, 2011 California

    Had to do that myself recently. I stopped a server from pouring an Affligem Blond into a frozen pilsner glass. I opted to use a room temperature wine glass.

    I didn't feel like a snob, just like someone who knew better. :slight_smile:
  36. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (453) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Snob: "a person who believes himself or herself an expert or connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions or have different tastes regarding this field" Pretty difficult for most of us to not fall into this definition.

    Here's what I prefer....
    Being a snob is not about thinking you're better than someone else just because you happen to know more about a particular subject. It is simply being passionate about something. It is being able to appreciate and identify quality. It is taking time out of this fast paced, stressful world, to stop and savor anything that can add to your quality of life!
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  37. Providence

    Providence Initiate (0) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    You know you're a beer snob when you're trying to redefine the word snob to be a good thing :wink:
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  38. Dools9

    Dools9 Zealot (516) Jul 5, 2011 Massachusetts

    Babe beer drinker at 3:28, yup.
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  39. Siggy125

    Siggy125 Devotee (453) Nov 10, 2006 California
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    Good point. Self admittedly, I am. But not necessarily proud of it.
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  40. Moutstainz

    Moutstainz Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2011 Illinois

    My "Oh God I think I'm becoming a Beer Snob" moment happened several years ago when I was perusing the selection at Binny's. A guy in his early 20's came in and exclaimed with great zeal, "Oh my God!! They have Delirium here!?!" Upon hearing this I physically had to restrain myself from rolling my eyes (Delirium is hardly exotic in Chicago).

    I then, of course, realized what a true douchebag this made me, and probably saved me from continuing down the path to elitist prick.

    I'm definitely not a beer snob. The older I get the more I realize it's just beer, and people like what they like. I am more excited about "converting" people into Craft Beer drinkers than I am about disdain for their preference.
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