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Old 08-12-2013, 06:02 PM   #1
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I don't understand them...

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Old 08-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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but we all used to be one.

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Well, I was a beer geek for a while before I started brewing. I wanted to sooner but it seemed so daunting that I was unsure where to start. Of course once I did start, it seemed silly that I had waited so long.

Might be the same for our non-brewing friends.

One thing that I would say is that they are allies. They help us keep the small craft brew places in business. The places like DFH, Sierra nevada, etc. that we get our clone recipes for.

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Id be willing to bet that they don't understand us.

After all the commercial craft beer market has never been better. Pretty much any type of beer you want I could buy cheaper than I can make it and have it cold and ready to drink in an hour. Yet for some unknown reason we'd rather spend more, work for 4+ hours, and then wait a month for a beer we hope is as good as the commercially available equivalent.

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I am an ahole to them and I am ok with that.

It goes something along these lines... I am sitting at the pub enjoying my Brand X beer and some geek comes in and orders Brand Y, then begins to extol the virtues of why their beer is the superior beer, the hops used, the flavors they experience and the aging process of Brand Y beer.

I listen remaining quiet as they ramble on and once they stop I simply ask, "Oh do you brew?"

If they reply no then I simply turn away and continue enjoying my beer, if they brew I usually have a convo with them about anything but beer. I brew all day and talk beer all day, when I am enjoying a beer the last thing I want to do is talk shop.

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but we all used to be one.

True...some longer than others..

By the time I was getting really serious about craft beer I wanted to brew. It just took me a few years to find myself in a less transient lifestyle to get set up for brewing.


I'm more talking about the uber beer geeks who treat drinking beer like collecting comic books. Hounding shops for special releases, traveling all over the country to go to breweries, and dropping hundreds or thousands of dollars a year shipping trades.
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Even more weird are those who brew but don't drink... And I have to agree with the_trout that buying good craft beer would be so much easier. Not sure about the "cheaper" part though once the equipment has amortized.

EDIT: I actually never appreciated beer as much as I do now that I brew myself. Now I pay much more attention to what style of beer I buy, how the flavor is, the aroma etc. Homebrewing has made me much pickier!

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It goes something along these lines... I am sitting at the pub enjoying my Brand X beer and some geek comes in and orders Brand Y, then begins to extol the virtues of why their beer is the superior beer, the hops used, the flavors they experience and the aging process of Brand Y beer.

This is exactly the guy I'm talking about...their status is derived from the beers they have tasted and how much nonsense they can spout off about how it's made.

"Yeah that's great buddy, how about you go make some"....Oh...you can't....
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Even more weird are those who brew but don't drink... And I have to agree with the_trout that buying good craft beer would be so much easier. Not sure about the "cheaper" part though once the equipment has amortized.

EDIT: I actually never appreciated beer as much as I do now that I brew myself. Now I pay much more attention to what style of beer I buy, how the flavor is, the aroma etc. Homebrewing has made me much pickier!
Same here. I love belgian strong ales. I used to just drink it. Now, I ponder the banana and clove notes and explain to friends how they come to be and how you want them in some styles but definitely not in others.
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EDIT: I actually never appreciated beer as much as I do now that I brew myself. Now I pay much more attention to what style of beer I buy, how the flavor is, the aroma etc. Homebrewing has made me much pickier!

^^^This, homebrewing beer has broadened my horizons. Before I would exclude a whole beer style based on trying one brewery's brand, now I know how sacrelig that is knowing the many different creative things people can do to drastically change the taste, feel, and aromas of beers in the same style category. For my personal experience I am mostly talking about belgians, barleywines, meads, etc., but the same goes for any style of beer.
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