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Old 08-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #1
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Default Beer People are Annoying

I posted this in a different thread but thought I'd start a new one specific to this topic...

Uninformed people talking about beer... Slightly informed guy at a brewfest talking about beer... Equally annoying. It's beer. I wish people could just enjoy it and drink what they like. Being a homebrewer for 8 years, knowledgeable, interested, etc... I almost hate to talk beer with people lately.

There's the guy who means well throwing around buzz words like "sessionable", "balanced", etc. He doesn't actually know a damn thing about the beer. He just knows we should all like it based on whatever nonsense review he read. And he's lecturing people in the bar about why they should like certain things, etc.

I want to correct this guy but I never will. Beer is like the band I used to like but now is popular and on the radio. I will continue to brew, drink, and appreciate beer. I guess I'm just more inclined to do it in private, avoiding all the "beer people" and nonsense all together.

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I want to correct this guy but I never will.
Will you explain how this will help? How will the guy ever learn if you keep letting him be ignorant?
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Cause it ain't worth the trouble.

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And he's lecturing people in the bar about why they should like certain things, etc. .
That's not a beer person - that's just an a**hole.
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One of my uncles is like that too. He always brags about "his beer guy" at the store that recommends stuff to him, and then talks those beers up like they are the greatest things ever, and so much better than whatever you have. That's just his personality in general, so I ignore him.

Unless someone is aggressively telling other people that they aren't drinking "real beer" for whatever reason, I just leave them alone. Like Hammy said, it just isn't worth the trouble to be That Guy.

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I agree 200%. These types of people have also turned me off from attending "beer festivals" and similar events.

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You can thank ratebeer and beer advocate for creating a legion of annoying beer people.

Reading their forums makes my head hurt.

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I have a question. When did sessionable come to mean 1.060? I've heard so many hip kids call bigger beers the session ales. Why are diminutive IPAs called session IPAs and not just pale ales?

If we're into session ales, where are all the milds and bitters, dammit?

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Reading their forums makes my head hurt.
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I have a question. When did sessionable come to mean 1.060? I've heard so many hip kids call bigger beers the session ales. Why are diminutive IPAs called session IPAs and not just pale ales?

If we're into session ales, where are all the milds and bitters, dammit?
There is some merit to calling some beers a session IPA. I brewed two ales this summer that came in around 3.5% abv, but used 7 oz of hops and tasted like an IPA of twice the abv. So for the sake of letting people know what they were about to drink, I just called it a session IPA. I could have called it an APA, but my dad likes IPAs, and he's one of the biggest drinkers of my homebrew, so yeah.

But I agree, 1.060 is nowhere near sessionable. Unless of course you don't feel like remembering the rest of the night.
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