Judging my neighbors beer choices

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by zeff80, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (7,205) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    So my city has translucent blue recycling bags for glass, plastic and aluminum. When I take my dog for a walk on trash day mornings, I can't help looking at my neighbor's recycling bags and silently judging their beer choices. Or nodding in approval when I see people drink good stuff. Anyone else do this? Is it just me? Should I seek counseling?
  2. scottakelly

    scottakelly Devotee (491) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    Judge not lest ye be judged.
  3. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,039) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Seek counseling by way of pouring a coffee stout into a mug and taking it on your walk.
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  4. John_Beeryman

    John_Beeryman Defender (626) Jul 19, 2014 Virginia

  5. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,835) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Covet not thy neighbor's trash.
  6. OntheLambic

    OntheLambic Disciple (310) Jan 9, 2015 Connecticut

    One man's trash is another man's treasure...
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  7. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,652) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    I would do the same
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  8. mrmattosgood

    mrmattosgood Initiate (70) Nov 6, 2010 New Hampshire
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    It's more fun to judge their parenting than their beer choices. Let people drink what they drink, whether it's local beer or big beer, locally-roasted coffee or conglomerate coffee. Judge them for greater crimes than their beverage.
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  9. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (7,205) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Even if it's full of Foster's and Heineken Light?
  10. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (7,205) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    They can judge my recycling bags any day.
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  11. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,370) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania


    They already do....
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  12. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Zealot (564) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    It only gets weird if you start a convo with them by saying something like. "So I noticed by your trash that you have excellent taste in beer".
  13. Mongrel

    Mongrel Crusader (782) Feb 14, 2013 Maryland
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    There is a special sort of stupidity in paying a premium for light beer.
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  14. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (286) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina
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    Me in real life.
  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (824) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Not my neighbors but the folks who lived on the mail route I delivered for 30 years. Willing to bet the carrier who delivers your mail does the same thing.
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  16. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,039) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I wonder if s/he goes "huh, I've never seen that beer before. I wonder where this dude gets all of these." as s/he drops off the fourth six-pack sized package on my porch for the week. :wink:
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  17. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (5,344) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    Saw 2 full cans of Keystone Light on the sidewalk in my apartment complex this weekend. No one claimed them I guess, or did they, but they were gone yesterday. Hopefully they just got trashed.:slight_smile:

  18. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Devotee (465) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I once did this (well...not with trash). Now I envy the people who get great joy from Bud Light. Theirs is the easy path, with less cost, fewer calories, no hassles, no lines. I'm done trying to convert anyone too.
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  19. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,139) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    This for days.
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  20. kell50

    kell50 Meyvn (1,125) Jul 25, 2007 North Carolina

    One man's trash is another man's.. trash.
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  21. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,251) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    That is pretty funny. I always get a good laugh when I hear a neighbor dump their bottles into their can and its a massive amount of noise, always a sign of a a good evening had, cheers!!
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  22. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (7,205) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    In college my roommates and I had a recycle bin for cans that was an empty box that a washing machine came in. We received comical reactions when we took it to the recycling center.
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  23. jcos

    jcos Aspirant (251) Nov 23, 2009 Maryland

    I watch my local NFL team with the same friends every Sunday. One of our friends loves light beer, though he has grown to taste some of the craft we have. If light beer makes somebody happy, who am I to judge?
  24. marquis

    marquis Crusader (758) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    It all falls back on opinion.You regard the beers you like as "good" beers , why should your neighbours not be entitled to their own preferences?
  25. Riff

    Riff Crusader (738) May 12, 2016 Virginia
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    Not really, the recycling here is done by taking it to dumpsters at a recycling center. Will look though, more out of curiosity if anyone else is drinking craft.

    About the only person I judged, was when I lived in my house a few hours south of here. Every Saturday morning we'd wake up to the cans of Milwaukee's Best he threw out of his truck driving up and down the street late at night.
  26. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Disciple (347) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    I initially thought that this post was a bit of a joke. After reading people'a reactions, I am not sure how serious to take OP.

    If you are judging them like "F you - you piece of S**t Budweiser loving nazi." That seems a bit harsh. But if you are instead just kind of "judging" the same way that anyone that has ever had a car brand they trust, and you see someone driving the one brand you don't...then I don't see the harm. Not like you are unwilling to be friendly. Everyone judges - it is just whether they admit it. -Even those free-loving hippies who claim they don't. Try feeding them meat from Wal-Mart and see how quick that changes.

    For the record, I judge every non college kid for drinking shitty lagers and light be. I also judge everyone between the ages of 18 and 45 if they think Grocery store coffee is "good." My mother still drinks folgers. *cringe.* (-And for the record, I have surpassed the "Starbucks" is good and have leaped right into the same realm of craft beer for coffee: craft roasters. I happily pay $25-40/pound for coffee.).

    Again, not like I am unfriendly with someone.
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  27. woodchipper

    woodchipper Savant (944) Oct 25, 2005 Connecticut
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    I bring my bottles and cans to an unmanned collection site where the local Boy Scouts process them once a month for funds. I too judge what I see, however in my situation the bags have anonymity. I don't feel too bad about it. I think its natural for people as into beer as we are.

    I remember 7-8 years ago when I still had two boys in Scouts and craft beer was "slightly" smaller. In this small town, my guys used to come back from bottle drive duty and tell me the other kids were marveling at the variety in our recycling bags but also complaining because they had more sorting work than with bags full of one brand/size of a BMC.
  28. gibgink

    gibgink Champion (844) Oct 27, 2014 Missouri
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    Ever since I saw Cory King drinking a can of Busch Light while taking credit card payments during a Side Project release, I stopped judging what people drink.
  29. BrewsOverHoes

    BrewsOverHoes Defender (614) Nov 17, 2013 Georgia
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    I do this quite often, we have those green tubs for recycling and when I walk the dog on Sundays before pick up- I'm always observing the cans/bottles in the surrounding house's tubs to see if I recognize anything, more of an entertainment thing than judging.:wink: There's always plenty of Milwaukee's Best cans at one particular house. But I'm sure the people that walk by mine think: "whoever lives here must not have much of a liver left.":grimacing:
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  30. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Meyvn (1,293) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    I don't judge, I actually always have at least one aal on hand. Sometimes all I want is a cheap fuzzy yellow lager.
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  31. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (782) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    We have those big brown recycle bins with wheels that are picked up twice a month. The big garbage truck picks it up with little dinosaur arms, lifts it and tosses the contents in the truck. My neighbors don't so much SEE what we drink, but they sure as hell HEAR it!
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  32. Premo88

    Premo88 Meyvn (1,430) Jun 6, 2010 Texas

    @John_Beeryman's "Don't do it" = best advice :sunglasses:. Only I'd add a "!" at the end. :stuck_out_tongue: It can help nobody in the end ...
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  33. HuskyHawk

    HuskyHawk Devotee (465) Jun 5, 2014 Massachusetts

    I think the implication is merely the lighter version of judging, putting down AAL or among some people here, even stuff like Sam or Harpoon or whatever. Telling people they need to try a real beer, even if politely...just like in Stone's old advertisements. I've done that. I think many people here have.

    I guess I'm saying, I'm done with even that. I'm simply not going to notice or comment on what people drink anymore except in a positive way, unless I'm with people where we are drinking beer critically with that purpose in mind. Turning over a new leaf in that regard, and I feel better for it. I mean seriously, it's just beer.
  34. TriggerFingers

    TriggerFingers Disciple (381) Apr 29, 2012 California
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    To answer your questions...

    Anyone else do this?


    Is it just me?


    Should I seek counseling?

    Probably...oh and stop digging through your neighbors trash!
    That behavior, if viewed by your neighbors = creepy.

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  35. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,835) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    Especially in a suitcase on sale.
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  36. Beer_Economicus

    Beer_Economicus Disciple (347) Apr 8, 2017 Indiana
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    Gotcha. I've never said anything to anyone. Actually. My beer community is basically just me. The few people at my work that I occasionally drink beer with generally favor the craft variety (although by that they generally lean more towards whatever brewery is nearby rather than going to the extent that many BA drinkers do), but then they also drink Milw Beast.

    I've long done ditched trying to say anything to anyone that would try to change their mind about anything. -That ended when I stopped having conversations with people about politics. Gross.
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  37. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    This is me. When I walk my dog I glance at my neighbors' recycling. I know most of them so no real surprises but I DO wonder what the recycling guys think of the dozens of almost all different craft cans that fill up my recycling containers every two weeks. Unless they're into craft they'd have to be like, "what the fuck is all this shit?"
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  38. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (186) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Dude, no judging. I love to get PBR when I'm out and I see it.
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  39. Neverdie7

    Neverdie7 Initiate (195) Jun 7, 2008 Wisconsin

    All my empties don't fit into a tub, I need a full garbage can with wheels! And my recycling guys love me for it. Well, probably not, but I often wonder what they are thinking when they see the can full to the top every other week. haha

    I do throw them a four pack on Christmas for having to put up with lifting my cans up every 2 weeks. Sorry guys. :slight_smile:
  40. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (1,835) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    We donate all our cans to the animal shelter who collects them for scrap but if a neighbor were to bump into one of our bags there's a better than even chance they would hear bottles clink.