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Old 12-04-2009, 12:54 AM   #1
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I am a server with a couple good beers in stock at the restaurant. This guy comes in and I greet him. Right away he says "I am a beer snob." I just say okay. Then he asked what we have on tap. I tell him the only two goods ones we have on tap (Dogfish Head 60 min, and Great Lakes Dortmunder).

He has never hear of either of the breweries. I understand he has never heard of Great Lakes, but I would imagine a beer snob would of heard of Dogfish Head. Anyway, He head no idea what an IPA was. He had no clue what a Dortmunder was. So I described them. He wanted me to reccommend one. So,

I am just thinking this guy thinks he is a beer snob but doesn't know much. So I told him to get the Dortmunder (a very tasty brew by the way), I chose it because it seemed like he hasn't tried much beer past a BMC. So this was the closest of the two. In the end he enjoyed very much.

It just caught off guard, having right away proclaim himself a beer snob. Then asking me all these questions. Which I enjoy answering questions about beer for people who have are curious. But this guy was just very snobby.

P.S. I though of this after reading a blog posted from Boerderij_Kabouter, so I thought I would share.


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Old 12-04-2009, 01:03 AM   #2
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Weird, eh? If he comes back, ask him what some of his favorite beers are. That will tell you a bit about what HE thinks it means to be a "beer snob".


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Old 12-04-2009, 01:16 AM   #3
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I've starting announcing myself as a beer snob, at some places. Because then, you don't have to say, "Corona, Coors, Coors Light, Bud Light, Budweiser, MGD, etc" when I ask you what kind of beer you have available.

Now, if you answer, "Oh! We have a good selection, with tap beers from DFH and Great Lakes and bottled beers from Great Lakes, Rogue, etc", then we've cut about 3 minutes of your time out of the equation. I thought it would be considerate to do that to a server when I have NO intention of ordering a BMC and really want to just know what craft offerings you have.

I've tried saying, "Hi! Do you have any craft beers available either on tap or in bottles?" but I get the entire litany, "Hello. We have Corona, Coors, Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light" etc. because many servers don't know what a craft beer is, but they sure know a beer snob beer, if only by reputation.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:26 AM   #4
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That's a good idea. I've got places around here that have huge beer lists.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:32 AM   #5
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Right away he says I am a beer snob.
I was a bit confused here, I thought he called you a beer snob...then I read the rest.
What beer snob has never heard of DFH?
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I am just thinking this guy thinks he is a beer snob but doesn't know much. So I told him to get the Dortmunder (a very tasty brew by the way), I chose it because it seemed like he hasn't tried much beer past a BMC. So this was the closest of the two. In the end he enjoyed very much.
This actually doesn't surprise me... IME, most BMC drinkers consider someone a beer snob if they order the "expensive stuff", whatever it is... I've even had someone call me a beer snob for ordering Sam Adams before. So I would think the reverse might be true, that someone that is a "Reformed" BMC drinker considers themselves a beer snob because they order Sam Adams or Shiner Bock. I probably would have been that guy 8 years ago...
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I use the term "beer geek" rather than snob. People here kinda' get it and skip the BMC list.

However, this doesn't mean that they won't serve a frozen glass and 32F Belgian Abbeys! I always ask for an unfrozen glass.
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Yeah, a a lot of times when I go to a bar I ask for an unfrozen glass and usually get a funny look.
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Maybe he is an old school beer snob. He gave up the Bud years ago to move up to the premium stuff.....Michelob

I mean I'm sure there are plenty of premium beer drinkers who don't care for the hop bite of an IPA, but I don't imagine there are too many who have never heard of the style.
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I sell restaurant equipment and i have been tempted to call Perlick and the other companies and ask them WTF is up with a 10 degree glass chiller. I don't want ice beer, just a glass that maintains the temp the beer is poured. There is nothing worse than chiseling an iceberg off your glass.

On the OP tip, I am still trying to find the best way to avoid the waste of time a server spends on listing anything BMC on tap with out sounding like an asshole.


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