After I write an article or taste a new beer, I get curious. I love beer, probably even more than wine, maybe even more than bourbon. But I don't really run in the beer scene. Oh, yes, there is a scene. There is a scene, a private world, a geekdom if you will, for just about anything you can imagine. And contrary to the beliefs of the wine world or beer scene or foodies...
None of you are any different, none whatsoever, than a bunch of geeks at a sci-fi convention. Take it from this geek who's been to plenty.
It's cute and funny, listening to people get into heated debates about Allagash and Avery or Dogfish Head. I've heard so many similar debates on Kirk vs. Picard or Alien vs. Predator. Wine people have a reputation for wonkiness, bordering on snobbery. Read the common beer rating sites where members have logged in thousands of reviews, and you'll see the average beer wonk is approximately 231% wonkier than his wine counterpart. Google a beer you've tried and see for yourself. These notes could be helpful to consumers, if only you can stomach the hyperbole, and you know some beer terminology.
I won't embarrass anyone by quoting them here, but man oh man can people wax poetic...and be very bitchy. Just like wine snobs. HERE is the funny on my lastest beer club shipment from Brooklyn Brewing. And please, for the love of Silly, promise to please smack me if I ever start sounding like this: "Notes of musty cobwebs linger on almost ephemerally in the mouth as sharp almost urea-like notes cut through, but can not quite vanquish them entirely." Oh brother.