Do you call yourself a beer geek?

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  1. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,851) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    This morning at breakfast my waitress (an older woman) told me about her trip to Louisiana. She told me she went tothat the Abita Brewery and asked if I have ever heard of it. I said yes and she wondered how. I told her with no hesitation that I am a "Beer Geek". I don't like referring to myself as a geek but with beer im proud to.
  2. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

  3. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Absolutely not. I also dislike the term "craft beer." I don't know what else to call it, but "craft beer" just comes off as snobby to me
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  4. AngusOg

    AngusOg Savant (978) Apr 23, 2010 North Carolina
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    i know i geek out about beer way more than the average person, so if the shoe fits...
  5. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I don't like that we have to call it anything other than just beer. Craft, specialty, micro, nano, macro, etc. It's beer.
  6. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (4,593) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Yup. Happily so.
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  7. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm an Aleficionado
  8. taxman

    taxman Initiate (0) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois

    Resistance is futile, you will assimilate.
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  9. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I'm just a guy who likes beer.
  10. leedorham

    leedorham Defender (698) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I prefer "beer nut." It implies lunacy, and the lunatic always has the upper hand.
  11. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Crusader (729) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    I just like better beer.
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  12. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,851) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    What would you have said in that situation without sounding like a snob, tool or alcoholic?
  13. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (733) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I never use "craft beer" unless it comes to the point in the conversation that I have to use it or "microbrew" to get my point across. (That's after specific brands, styles, and the concept that there are beers that aren't advertised on TV are met with blank stares)
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  14. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,159) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Yes. I used to say it apologetically, now I say it proudly.
  15. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

  16. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    You could say that you know alot about beer, or simply say that you are "into beer." The same way that you can be into sports and into video games and into food. You don't need to call yourself a "foodie." Although, much like these "foodies" that like to Instagram their meals, can we call ourselves "Beerie's?
  17. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    Yep. Absolutely no problem with it. To me, "geek" just means that I have a passion for something. Why should I be ashamed of that?
  18. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Many people say that I'm into "weird beer." I'm fine with that
  19. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York


    : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity <computer geek>

    Don't consider myself an expert by definitely enthusiastic. So I think the shoe fits.
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  20. pointyskull

    pointyskull Disciple (309) Mar 17, 2010 Illinois

    I always hear "you like that heavy, dark stuff" - often while I'm imbibing an IPA....
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  21. Chaz

    Chaz Poo-Bah (1,582) Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Has "Beer Curmudgeon" been coined, yet? ;)
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  22. djrn2

    djrn2 Poo-Bah (1,851) Nov 4, 2009 New Jersey
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    Well said.
  23. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I change my mind. I now want to only refer to myself as a "Beer Trekker" I want to have long, pointless debates over whether who was the better captain head brewer for Portsmouth, Tod Mott or Tyler Jones.
  24. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Champion (800) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona
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    I don't but would have no problem with someone calling me that. I just tell people that I'm "big into beer."
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  25. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    No. I don't like the term.
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  26. Cdax

    Cdax Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Why isn't it "craft pizza" originally from California, but "gourmet"? Craft beer makes me think of yard sales and flea markets. How about gourmet beer?

    Back to topic. I'm okay with "beer geek", everyone usually just calls me "drunk".
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  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    geek out

    The act of becoming emotionally and physically aroused by the sight or the thought of a technicality of a certain topic of major interest

    I certainly have geeked out on beer more than a few times. At this point there is no avoiding the fact.
  28. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (201) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    No, when I hear someone refer to themselves as a "beer geek" I automatically judge them as a d-bag.
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  29. regularjohn

    regularjohn Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2013 New Jersey

    proud to be a HOP HEAD :D but honestly most of the time i just say connoisseur. makes you sound like less of an ass when constantly saying geek,snob, craft etc
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  30. cincysig

    cincysig Aspirant (285) Sep 15, 2010 Connecticut
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    I typically say, "I am a beer snob." By doing so, I am letting people know I can be absolutely high f-ing maintenance when it comes to choosing beers. I'm not an @$$hole, but I like top notch brews. Actually, that might make me an @$$hole to some people, but who cares?
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  31. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    I don't know, saying you are a connoisseur can have its own ass implications too. It can come off like you take yourself too seriously.
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  32. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Poo-Bah (2,459) Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Snob. Proud too.

    It doesn't have the extreme connotations that some folks here think it does. I like craft beer and don't want to drink the lousy stuff.
  33. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,452) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    That's funny. When I hear someone judges people as "d-bags" based on how they describe their passion for a given thing (in this case, beer), I automatically judge *them* as a d-bag.
  34. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,452) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    When I get questions or looks from people that suggest they are wondering about my level of sanity, I usually mumble something about being "kind of a nerd when it comes to lots of things, including beer" in a somewhat apologetic manner. It's not that I feel bad about being a beer geek--I just don't think others understand and will dismiss my love as something they will NEVER understand unless I try to make it seem like I'm not completely fanatical (even though I am).

    To me it's akin to any type of fanatic discussing the thing about which they are fanatical. If you turn the faucet on full-bore fanaticism, you'll just alienate people. But when I explain it this way, it seems like people are more open to learning more. Rather than being met with "oh... [looks away awkwardly, clearly no longer wanting to discuss the topic at hand]" most of the time, I occasionally pique someone's interest to learn more. Almost as if they see that my obsession with beer is not about projecting an image, but because I'm internally driven and can do nothing BUT be obsessed with beer. And they wonder if they are missing out on something (which, yes, they are).

    So the short answer is yes, I do refer to myself as a beer geek to those who understand, but try to be a little more subdued to people who are less likely to understand, in the interest of potentially converting them.
  35. Droogins

    Droogins Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Massachusetts

    I prefer the term "Beer Wizard"
  36. BostonHops

    BostonHops Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    exactly. maybe less so now with craft becoming more mainstream, but i've never been able to explain to others how i'm passionate about beer without thinking i'm painting a picture in their heads of me chugging can after can of bud light. and being so nonchalant about it...
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  37. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Initiate (0) May 8, 2006 Michigan

    A lot of people will say that if you refuse to drink lousy beer you are a snob. I really don't see how that makes you a snob, we should all drink what we enjoy. I don't eat black licorice because I don't enjoy it and no one calls me a licorice snob. I don't drink beer that I don't enjoy but that qualifies me as a beer snob to many people. I really don't care one way or another but it is something I will never understand.
  38. Roger85

    Roger85 Devotee (409) Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I spend way too much time talking about beer and on this website. I'm not sure what it is exactly, but beer geek seems OK to me.
  39. TheBeerDad

    TheBeerDad Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2012 Michigan
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    Exactly, you know when you have found someone as geeky as you when they just don't not their head and say "uh huh" when you talk about beer with them.
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  40. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Savant (999) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I'm a beer geek. They keep me in a cage and let me bite the heads off well poured hefes.
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