Beer, like wine, has its share of snobs. People like myself who enjoy beer for the complex flavors it offers and not just as a means to a drunken end. Beer snobs talk about beer in mystical terms, terms that describe the aroma, the taste, and the alcohol content of a particular brew. They wax poetic about the influences a brewer may have had for brewing a certain style of beer. They get into deep conversations about the virtues of Belgian beers as opposed to German. Each has his or her own favorite style (mine happens to be Belgian blonds at the moment). And each is more than willing to tell you all about why they liek that particular style.
But, another thing you should know about these beer snobs is that they began their beer journey in much the same way as anyone — buying the major brands. One day they are introduced to the pleasures to be had with craft beers and buy a six-pack or had a pint at a local pub. Suddenly their eyes are opened to this new and wonderful world. A world in which flavor actually existed.
Becoming a beer snob sneaks up on you sometimes. One minute you are perfectly happy drinking an MGD and the next someone puts a pint of a hoppy pale ale in front of you and you are hooked. You begin to seek out more interesting beers and begin crawling the pubs of your town for taps of Rogue, Flying Dog, and Dogfish Head. Slowly you feel yourself changing. Coors no longer holds your interest, you drop it like an infatuation and begin to stalk your true love. You realize, as you are prowling the beer aisle of your local grocery store, looking for Abita beer that you have become a beer snob.
Good beer is an obesession. It gets under your skin and pushes you to try new concoctions. Some go the purest route, only looking for beers made using traditional methods and ingredients. Others look for the more unique brews created by the avant garde brewers of the craft scene. But all agree that beer, in its many forms and style, is good.
In this, the beer festival season, will you become a beer snob? It is the goal of the Springfield Brew Crew to introduce you to as many new beers as we can. So, the question of whether you will become a beer snob, for us, should always be answered, yes!
In the next few weeks, as we get closer to the Jacksonville Craft and Import Beer Festival, May 20 at the Jacksonville Memorial Arena, we will talk more aboout how to taste and appreciate new beers. In other words, we are going to try to turn you into a beer snob.
Until next time.
Long Live the Brewers!