A few weeks back I attended a Belgian Beer Festival at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI. This was an event that offered 80 rare draught beers, mostly Belgian style, that you can almost never find here in the U.S. It was a great event, but that’s not what I’m here to write about today. While I was there a nearby table was occupied by 4 middle-aged gentlemen, who at first glance seemed like normal enough chaps. Just the sort of guys you’d expect to come out to a Belgian Beer Festival. Until they placed their order. A round of Bud Light bottles for the whole table… (I tried to sneak a picture while they weren’t looking).
I’m not going to rehash the visceral wave of emotions that would come over you if you were a beer snob, because I feel I covered it pretty well in “Are you a Beer Snob? (Part 1)“. I will however share all the analogies that kept creeping into my head while I watched these guys chug some suds.
It’s like going to a top notch steakhouse (like Keens in NYC) and ordering a hamburger off the kids menu.
It’s like shopping at Saks 5th Avenue and asking them to order you a pair of denim shorteralls.
When your cell phone contract ends and it’s time to upgrade, you trade your smartphone for a Jitterbug.
You’re at an all-you-can-eat buffet at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, and you just eat the condiments.
You gets tickets to the Super Bowl and spend the whole game in the restroom watching it on the TV above the urinal.
It’s like going to a Belgian Beer Festival and ordering a Bud Light bottle… oh, wait,… it seems we’ve come full circle.
If these analogies make sense to you, then you are a beer snob and maybe it’s time to join the Squad.