Look out… I’m standing on a soap box and I’m holding a megaphone.
A fellow lover of craft beer happened to post a link to an article today on Facebook… and I made the mistake of reading it. She found the article humorous & wanted to share, and while I get the humor side of it from the perspective of a chick who’s already into “good beer,” the better part of me got really pissed off…
I *get* that there are a lot of women out there who still aren’t “into” craft beer, and that they might need a little guidance… especially if they know they’re about to go on a date with a guy who’s expressed an interest in “good beer…” but there is NOTHING about this article that is really helpful! All it does is perpetuate the idea that craft beer is intimidating, that it’s a “guy’s world,” that there’s lots of variety & things to remember (stout? pale ale? wheat bear?)… and it basically implies that women don’t know what they hell they’re talking about when it comes to beer, let alone capable of knowing what they like!
I’m one of the last people to get really riled up on this general subject area, but this “article” just read so offensive to me from start to finish… that I simply have to talk about it. Lets start with some of the more insulting quotes in the article, shall we?
What Your Favorite Beer Says About You to a Date
Re: Stouts—So what I’m trying to say is, if you order a Stout on the Fourth of July, you might look like you don’t know what the f*ck you’re talking about. But the true Stout drinker is refined, yet adventurous. He isn’t as pretentious as an IPA drinker, but he still knows quality when it touches his lips.
Re: Pilsners—There are some great pilsners out there (just like there are great dates), but you will probably have trouble distinguishing quality.
Re: Wheat Beers—Wheat beer drinkers want to be seen as a beer drinker without trying. If you are a wheat beer drinker, you want people to think you appreciate beer but don’t want to actually drink beer. Don’t get me wrong! There are some great wheat beers out there, but I think of wheat beer like a wine drinker who prefers pinot grigio.
Re: Lagers—And let’s face it: you are probably the type that drinks to get drunk, not to enjoy beer for the art that it is.
and—I’m posting the whole write-up for this one—the piece de resistance for this Hops Honey…
Re: IPAs—People who drink IPA are “beer drinkers.” They are the type who thinks they know more than everyone else. So, you probably think you have a sophisticated palate. (Whether it’s true or not.) Appearances are important to you, though, and you don’t want to be seen as a loser to your date. You’ve been on a brewery tour to Heartland Brewery, and mention it often. You call yourself a “hop head” despite having no idea what hops are. Ordering an IPA is fine, but do so because you like it, not because you are trying to impress your date.
(one last thing… lest I get any flack for this… I have *never* professed to being any kind of beer expert, and I routinely say “I don’t know!” when people ask me about different beers/styles, etc. I’ve only ever touted myself as someone who loves beer, loves learning more about beer, loves drinking beer, & loves getting other gals into loving beer as well!)