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Old 08-27-2008, 04:51 PM   #1
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My friends hate drinking with me because I can not stomach BMC or beer of the like. I have my favorites usually dark stouts theres one beer in particular that I seek out everywhere we go(Surly Bender). Ill drink Fat Tire, Newcastle, New Belgian 1554, Summit Oatmeal Stout. But my first choice is Surly Bender(they make a awesome Russian Imperial Stout called Darkness which is AMAZING).

Anyway what Im trying to say is So I like to drink good flavorful well crafted beers. Yes im disappointed when I cant get Surly but I have it on tap at home so it doesnt matter anymore.
I dont believe Im a beer snob Im just particular about the beer that I drink. So I think I am a conissure of beer. Oh yea did I mention I love Surly beers. LOL

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Old 08-27-2008, 04:55 PM   #2
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Is there a difference?

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I don't think I am a beer snob. I aspire to have all 26 BJCP styles in commercial brews on hand some day, and I like pretty much all of them so I will probably brew most of them at some point, too. On a hot day I'll chug down a can or two of Coors Light before moving onto homebrew; on a rainy day I am just as inclined to enjoy a good bottle of Old Foghorn barleywine. Every beer has its place for my palate.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:01 PM   #4
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I don't mind being called a beer snob, it's a title that I can live with. My SWMBO has mentioned on more than one occassion that my sniffing and swirling of beer is a little odd. I think beer snob and beer connisuer are interchangeable. Your BMC swilling pals should be supportive, it means more BMC for them.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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IMHO a beer snob is someone who has the knowledge and uses that knowledge to make less knowledgeable beer drinking feel dumb or incompetent. Just because you appreciate good beer and know almost every beer on the market and stat current with the beer climate of your area and the world does not make you a beer snob.

Now, if you berate your friends for liking BMC, I would want to drink with you either. However, if you attempt to expand their horizons and suggest better beers that they may like, you are just a good friend who is passionate about beer. There is a BIG difference.

I consider myself a beer connoisseur, but not a beer snob. Part of being a beer connoisseur is realizing that there is always something to learn and you don't know everything. It is also important to remember that you probably liked BMC at one time and that you can help someone see the better side of beer, but just because they like it, doesn't make them idiots.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:09 PM   #6
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I do not consider myself "an expert judge" of beer, so I'm no connoisseur. I think being a real connoisseur is not something that happens casually; you have to work to build those skills over a period of time. I do know what I like and I'm much better now at describing why than I used to be, so that's progress, I guess.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #7
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I consider myself a beer connoisseur, but not a beer snob. Part of being a beer connoisseur is realizing that there is always something to learn and you don't know everything. It is also important to remember that you probably liked BMC at one time and that you can help someone see the better side of beer, but just because they like it, doesn't make them idiots.
Well said. I'm hesitant to label myself as a connoisseur- because I frankly don't yet have the experience and knowledge to really be able to speak intelligently about various beer styles. You can certainly be particular about the styles of beer that you prefer, but everyone's palate is different. I've never been really fond of any lager that has come across my taste buds (though my rugby team is sponsored by Steinlager- so I drink those for free at matches ), but certainly don't berate those who enjoy them.
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
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i still like and drink cheap swill. i'm a pleb at heart...

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Call me a beer dork, beer geek, even a connaisseur if you want, but don't call me a beer snob. I don't like the way it sounds. I've been called a beer snob a few times and it definitely wasn't a compliment.

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Old 08-27-2008, 05:20 PM   #10
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I don't have much of a problem with imbibing a "fine american pilsner" here or there if that's the only thing around. I'll always dig to the bottom of the cooler to make sure something else isn't available first, but absent of choice I'll do what has to be done.

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