I really dislike beer snobs – and they’re a hazard that goes with this job. But every time I hear the tell-tale sneers, I’m reminded with horror that I may, on occasion, be just as guilty. And just as wrong.
To be clear, I’m using the following definition of ‘beer snob’: A person who believes that their taste in beer is superior to other people’s. How to tell if you’re a beer snob? Have you ever done any of the following? Continue Reading
“I don’t fancy yours much mate. That beer’s flat. It’s got no head.”
“It’s not flat”, I reply. And so begins a now ritualised and tedious piece of (I like to think) performance art; wherein I try to explain to the muppet at the bar that the carbonation level of beer is rarely connected to whether it has a frothy head or not. If I’ve a pocket full of spare cash then I start by buying the poor unfortunate a half of whatever he or she is drinking – only poured without the sparkler fitted to the beer pump. Sometimes – and I love it when this happens – we discover at this stage that he or she (despite the frothy head on their beer) is actually drinking a genuinely flat beer. We then move on to a half of a coke, to prove that it’s possible for a drink to be very fizzy without a head. Hopefully this demonstration will suffice, otherwise I have to turn into an ultra beer bore. Continue Reading