Writing this column has introduced me to three different types of beer drinkers: those who love it, those who count it and the snobs.
When I tell people I write about beer, I’m usually asked one of three questions.
- What’s your favorite beer?
- How many different beers have you tried?
- What’s the best, or most unique, beer you’ve ever had?
The folks who ask about my favorite beer are the lovers. They want to know the one or two beers I can always drink, the ones that bring me the most joy. These are beer drinkers who imbibe for the sheer joy of the brew.
Sometimes, however, I’m asked how many different beers I’ve tried over the years. These people drink beer as if it’s a competition. They enjoy racking up the numbers, trying more beverages than their friends and acquaintances, being the beer drinker with the biggest collection of cans, so to speak.
Finally, I encounter the few individuals who want to know the best beer I’ve ever tried. They don’t what to know best as in the beer I think is best for me. They want to know the most unique, the highest in alcohol, the most exotic. These folks are the beer snobs. Beer to them is not about flavor, taste or feel. It’s not about how much you enjoy it. It’s about collecting “the trophy.”
So why do you drink beer? Are you a snob or a counter? Or do you drink beer for what it is: a beverage brewed to be enjoyed.
Choose the beer you enjoy. And have a nice day.