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Old 02-14-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Beer Geeks vs. Beer Snobs?

What would you say, if anything separates a beer geek from a beer snob? I think beer geek has a more positive connotation...

Some of my bud light drinking friends get a little intimidated when I start talking about craft beer... I am very conscious of trying to not sound pretentious... but sometimes you cannot help but talk passionately about something you love...

Thoughts? What do you think we should be more like? Or does it really even matter?

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Old 02-14-2014, 09:13 PM   #2
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I think a beer geek is someone who likes to try many different beers & styles of beers for the experience of them. A beer snob,to me,is someone that looks down their nose at lesser beings & their BMC preferences. I say drink what you like regardless. Do your own thing,but don't stop me from doing mine, thinking you're right & I'm wrong somehow. But they should at least want to try something different once in a while.

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Old 02-14-2014, 09:29 PM   #3
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I guess I agree with UnionDr. I have to admit, I was at a friends house and opened his fridge to see Budweiser, and I made a snarky comment. He replied "Hey man, Budweiser is good beer". I stopped, pondered what to say next and decided against it.

That's the difference I guess. I could have rattled off a few reasons why Budweiser is fizzy corn/rice water with more in common with Sprite then beer... but I stopped. Just because I'm a beer geek doesn't mean I have to be a beer snob.

Now at home, me and wifey drop endless insults on those damned light lagers. Yuck.
Would I walk out of a liquor store because they only have BMC, your damn straight. But too each their own.

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A snob is one who knows what a good bear is and won't drink piss water . A geek can be the same but also knows the ins and outs of beer.


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The Attitude is the main differentiators as explained by Uniondr...

But you could also say:

Beer Snobs will look down on their friends for drinking a beer they fell is sub-par regardless of the reasons, while feeling superior that they, and only they have found the Nectar of the Gods.

Beer Geeks will "bore their friends to death" with the technical minutia of the brewing process and how that makes their chosen beer the best, all the while feeling superior as they know how to make the Nectar of the Gods!

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Beer Snobs what to change what beer people drink

Beer Geeks want their Bottles back when your done.

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Old 02-14-2014, 09:54 PM   #6
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Or, Beer Geeks care about what they drink, Beer Snobs care about what you drink.

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Or, Beer Geeks care about what they drink, Beer Snobs care about what you drink.
I like that.


I like to think I'm neither of those, but more of a "brew enthusiast". I'm not a geek as that would mean I would know as much as most of the membership here. I'm not a snob either. I don't care for the BMC swill, but one man's horse piss is another man's house beer. Who am I to judge?

I'm enthusiastic about brewing in general and want to know more about it, how to improve my brewing prowess, and in turn how to produce a better tasting beer than the last the last one I made.
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Budweiser IS good beer. BJCP 1B Standard American Lager, it’s listed as a commercial example.

I had a Coors Light in 1985 and I won’t have another one. But I’m not going to criticize anyone for drinking it.

I’ve been called a beer snob and I’ll take it. My friends know I don’t give a damn what they’re drinking. If they want to make fun of me for knowing about beer, I’m OK with that.

Beergeek is worse, IMO. It connotes a know it all nerd who won’t shut up about stuff no one cares about.

I self identify as a homebrewer and let everybody draw their own conclusions.

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They're pretty different to me.

Beer Snob: Judges people for drinking "lesser" beer. And thinks they know everything about beer. These are the clowns who simultaneously prove how judgemental they are while also proving they don't know anything about brewing, when they harass BMC drinkers for drinking "bad beer".

Beer Geek: Passionate about beer, but not judgmental. Will admit they don't know everything, yet always want to know more. These are the kinds who may not LIKE drinking BMC beers, but know enough about brewing to respect the technical perfection of the macro beers.

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Or, Beer Geeks care about what they drink, Beer Snobs care about what you drink.
I like this, I think it is a pretty short, succinct definition. Interesting what different people think of the two...
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