BeerAdvocate Age Ranges Broken Down (2019)

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (153) Jun 13, 2017 California


    That escalated quickly!
  2. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,014) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Yep, I'm in defcon 5.
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  3. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (2,262) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Interesting and appalling.

    Interesting to see the demographic breakout of the users of this site.

    Appalling that every single one of you has missed all of my birthdays! Come on man, an aged and respected member of this site should be shown more love. Send me your favorite beer for my next birthday!

  4. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,942) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    It's long been a pet-peeve of mine, but given that broad range of ages (which could easily allow for 3 generations of beer drinkers from one family), why not kill the use of expressions like:

    "when I was a kid"
    "when we were in college..."
    (and the worst) "back in the day"

    ... when discussing beer, since their use really gives the reader no !@#$% idea what time period is being discussed! :grimacing:
  5. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,425) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Hey all you kids, 73 and proud of it. :slight_smile:

    You can state numbers in many different ways to make a point -- now that we've entered a new decade I realized a few days ago that I've now lived during 9 decades. Now that seems old!
  6. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,594) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Why should there be a distinction? Savvy veterans are old dudes, and vice versa. :slight_smile:

    Age and experience (with a little treachery learned from experience) win out over youth and skill any day. :wink:
  7. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,113) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    ... as per an earlier Bob Seger request - to all you Cat 4s and beyond! :sunglasses::beers:

  8. rudzud

    rudzud Poo-Bah (6,449) Apr 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Numbers are pretty much what I expected. That being said...
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  9. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,594) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Let the cowboys ride.
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  10. mpruden

    mpruden Initiate (59) Nov 18, 2017 Ohio

    Proud (I think) to be in the 5.34%!
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  11. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (584) Jun 28, 2014 Texas

    @Todd Anyway to break up the 65+ category into 10 year buckets, i.e. 65-74, 75-84, 85+?
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  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,748) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    I could for our numbers, but the ranges were dictated by Google Analytics initially.
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  13. InfernoBoss

    InfernoBoss Crusader (789) Apr 7, 2011 California

    No, but those of us in Cat 4 and 5 do, Mr. Sluggo......
  14. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (302) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    Interesting! At 29 I'd not have guessed that I was in one of the two age range majorities. That might have something to do with the fact that I mostly only frequent the WBAYDN threads and I often feel like the youngest person there. Not that that's a bad thing!
  15. Mister_Faucher

    Mister_Faucher Crusader (768) Dec 3, 2014 Washington

    I would have guessed you were a bit older based off of your beer selections and posts in said threads.
    #95 Mister_Faucher, Jan 20, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
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  16. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,014) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Exactly. Perfectionists about rules ruin all of the rules. I am proud of my age and do not hide by any level of anonymity
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  17. JediMasterLenin

    JediMasterLenin Disciple (302) Dec 25, 2018 District of Columbia

    I'll take that as a compliment! My inner old man is much stronger than my inner child.
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  18. Jlabs

    Jlabs Poo-Bah (1,509) Nov 11, 2013 New York
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    kinda surprised the age of members here doesn't skew higher considering how long BA has been around.
  19. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,594) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Just look at how many of us have ranged through 3 categories over the years.
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  20. pbrian

    pbrian Defender (675) Feb 8, 2001 Connecticut

    I think that’s worth automatic poo-bah status!:wink:
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  21. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Champion (808) May 14, 2013 New Jersey

    My question is: how do the Gen-Xers (category 1) afford this hobby? I started getting into it probably when I was about 32, but no way I could afford a $20 4-pack when I was 26 except for a special occasion.
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  22. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,600) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    I'm not completely surprised, honestly, given that this is a website, and younger generations slew toward more internet usage (and knowledge).

    Anecdotally, I'd suggest that older generations are perhaps disproportionately represented in thread activity - meaning, you can probably slew the site membership statistics toward an older mean when it comes to site activity.

    But that's purely anecdotal observation, and I could be wrong.
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  23. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,600) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
    Moderator Society Trader

    Gen-Xers, or Millennials?

    As a member of the former, I have no problem affording this hobby. I've been in the same career for over 20 years, and carry no debt, so expensive beer isn't a problem. I'm on the younger side of Gen-X, as well, so many of my fellows are even more financially established.

    How Millennials can afford this hobby is a different question. While I can't speak for them, I would conjecture that craft beer - especially at the beer nerd-level often embraced here - is a niche, even luxury expense, one that not everyone can afford, or in which everyone chooses to indulge. It's an expense no one truly needs, regardless of generation, so it comes down to choosing where to spend one's finances: vacations, cars, beer, organic eggs, assault rifles, whatever the case may be.
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  24. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (256) Jun 4, 2005 California

    Given that I'm a 25 year old trapped inside a 60 year old body, what category shall I identify with?
  25. QuakeAttack

    QuakeAttack Zealot (522) Mar 19, 2012 California

    Did that last year. Join the club!

    I think the numbers were a little surprising (expected a little higher numbers on the older ranges), but in general, I have felt no one range dominated and their was a nice spread across the ranges.
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  26. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (153) Jun 13, 2017 California

    Man child :stuck_out_tongue:
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  27. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,425) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    Neither. Just keep taking your Serutan and wash it down with beer. :wink:
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  28. ktr5010

    ktr5010 Devotee (416) Dec 12, 2014 Illinois
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    Wow. First thing we millennials haven't ruined!
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  29. Peach63

    Peach63 Disciple (334) Jul 17, 2019 New York

    3 pages on this thread? If I took the time to read every post, I'd have aged another year! :grimacing:
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  30. sliv

    sliv Devotee (493) May 15, 2001 Massachusetts

    I also think that there may be many users (across all age groups) who would be reluctant to enter age information for online security. Without knowing how many lurkers there were who wouldn't enter their ages, we don't know if there is a statistically significant number of respondents with respect to the viewing group, or the active user group. What we know is the percentage breakdown of only those users who felt safe enough to enter their age information.

    Which is still an interesting study. To me, anyway.
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  31. JohnDon

    JohnDon Defender (626) Apr 21, 2015 Texas
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    Just my 2 cents regarding the data. I think that using the Google Analytics for (mainly) one-time users skews the data. It appears that most people interpreted the results as active users on the site (i.e. members); however, by using google analytics if someone search google for a beer and clicks on the BA link, then they have registered as a user who receives the same weight in this as a person who visits the site daily or weekly.
    Therefore, I would be more interested in the analytics of just BA members.
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  32. Ryeff

    Ryeff Initiate (39) Mar 9, 2019 California

    Beer just makes me feel younger, so how does that come into the equation?
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  33. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Crusader (764) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    Don't be so paranoid.

    Unrelated question, what was your first pet's name? Or your childhood street name? Mother's maiden name?

    Just trying to get to know you :wink:
  34. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Crusader (764) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    I'm actually quite surprised that the largest wasn't the 35-44 demographic. I'd have thought the younger guys would be too busy crushing white claws to be here :stuck_out_tongue:
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  35. brutalfarce

    brutalfarce Disciple (378) Mar 23, 2018 Connecticut
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    im right in that second group thought it would be bigger
  36. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (900) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado

    Probably already stated....

    "Ages 25-34 = 31.01% | 37.43%"

    "but... but... college loan debt is overwhelming!!!!"
    <insert secondary beer market here>

  37. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (216) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    MATISSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I'm in the youngest bracket for another year that's pretty cool
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  38. Burgy

    Burgy Initiate (157) Jan 14, 2015 Minnesota

    Uh-oh...I'm going to be 45 in 6 months. Does this mean I have to cut my beer drinking in half?!?!
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  39. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,748) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society

    Not everyone stays logged in. This is a fact that every website that has registered users deals with. Excluding theses users (via Google Analytics) from the bigger picture would skew things toward a fraction of our overall users.
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  40. Beginner2

    Beginner2 Poo-Bah (3,162) Feb 14, 2016 Illinois

    It does not surprise me that there is only 5.34% in the Medicare Crowd, my people.
    Being such, I find my Tastes getting more traditional and less tolerant of experimentation (Brett is making me into an Old Fart.) As for you Kids, you can call us "Old Farts" as long as you keep propping up Medicare.
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