Really Eating Real Food

Weird Beer Snobbishness I Have

This is not a beer blog per-se, but I have reviewed a beer and I wanted to take a moment to point out something I noticed this last week while on a trip back to Indiana for my sister-in-law’s graduation.  I went to a restaurant and they served inexpensive, mass-produced beers.  Their entire selection was from the big three (Miller, Coors, or Budweiser), plus a Samuel Adam’s Seasonal (a sad pilsner as I found out).  Consumers of beers [in Indiana] are apparently not interested in flavor or mouth feel or quality, but quantity or cost.

I will try most beers once (and generally one beer per meal so while I might have one beer at lunch and one at dinner on a given day, I will not get drunk), but it didn’t take me very long to figure out that there are a wide variety of beers with many, many flavors.  However, I don’t understand why consumers of food products or beverage products turn of discernment for drunkenness or just getting more (poor quality food) for their buck.  I want to be conscientious about my spending, but I would rather spend $5.00 on one good serving of quality, hand-crafted beer, than $5.00 on a 6 pack of what tends to taste like carbonated blandness.

If you look at things like the beer flavor wheel you’ll see that there are 44 major flavor/quality components, and as that sight references there are over 1000 flavors or nuances that have been found in beer.  Why, if those are available, would you go for low-end, low-taste beer?  You wouldn’t compare a McDonald’s hamburger with a hamburger from a local specialty shop (or Ted’s Montana Grill) would you?  One is consistent, but bland, the other is focused on quality and bringing out the flavors available in the simple, quality ingredients they have.  In the end I guess I’m a snob, but I want my hard earned money to go towards something that will be a fulfilling or exploratory experience and not just normal.

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