10 Signs You’re a Beer Snob

There’s a difference between being a beer lover and a beer snob. Here are 10 signs to indicate that you may have crossed the line.

1. After mowing the lawn you consume an Arrogant Bastard because you have trouble admitting that a light beer is worthy

2. You’ve gone from simply critiquing other people’s beer choices to critiquing the beer AND their glassware choice

3. You don’t bother asking bartender(s) for recommendations because you assume you’re the one who should be schooling them

4. You won’t even consider purchasing a six-pack that costs less than $12

5. Your pets, boats and/or children have beer-related names

6. You can pronounce “Reinheitsgebot” and work it into everyday conversation whenever possible

7. You make unsolicited suggestions to others shopping in the beer aisle

8. You’ve left a party because the selection wasn’t up to your standards

9. You can’t seem to socialize at a bar without getting preachy

10. You’re feeling defensive after reading this list



  • Joe R. May 19, 2011 @ 9:30am

    Most of them are a “no” but #3 is frequently true.

  • BBQDad May 19, 2011 @ 9:34am

    Fortunately, I cannot smell and/or taste well enough to play snob. There are beers that are too sweet to drink, others that are too bitter to drink, and some that are too bland to be worth drinking. Everything else is fine with me—as long as it’s at least slightly chilled. No room-temperature stuff for me.

  • Hannah May 19, 2011 @ 9:39am

    Joe R. – yah, #3 is a definite for me as well.

  • Paul May 19, 2011 @ 11:39am

    I disagree with #3 as snobbery. When you hear bartenders tell you things like “Try that Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s dark, kind of like Guinness,” (actual story) then you realize that not all bartenders care much about, or are trained in, beer styles. While that level of knowledge-lack is certainly not the norm, you can’t assume that bartenders, unless you’re at a brewpub (and not always even then) or beer bar, like beer as much as you do, or are as well informed. So, #3 is usually true for me, but I’m not willing to be labeled as a snob because I like beer a lot.

  • Liz May 19, 2011 @ 11:49am

    Paul, even though I’m the author of this list – I must agree with you… to a point.

    While I admit that there is a definite knowledge-lack out there (and it’s usually relative to the type of establishment you’re in) – I personally try to give bartenders the benefit of the doubt and I’ll engage them in conversation about the beers they have on draft. Sure, there are plenty of times where I’ve felt like I know more than they do but I’d rather ask and find out than assume they have nothing worthwhile to say.

  • KrampusNFezziwig May 19, 2011 @ 1:59pm

    hey hey, we resemble #5.

  • skram May 19, 2011 @ 6:48pm

    Yeah, #5 is pushing it. I know lot’s of non-snobs with beer related pets, etc. Maybe if it was a pet name that you wouldnt have heard of, of course, because it’s super rare and beyond what your capable of appreciating. Now that might be snobby… 🙂

  • Martyn Cornell May 19, 2011 @ 8:02pm

    I won’t even consider purchasing a six-pack. Period. Canned beer is shite.

  • Hannah May 20, 2011 @ 11:12am

    Martyn Cornell – many of the most flavorful and complex craft beers we have today are canned. Besides keeping the beer safe from harmful effects of light, cans leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment than bottles. Try brews from Oskar Blues – they’re amazing!

  • brewner May 24, 2011 @ 8:55pm

    i have four children. two of whom are twins. one of whom is named porter 🙂

    also, went to a fine establishment in DC today for lunch. my friend and i sat outside, and our first beer was a kolsch, which was just delightful and perfect for the weather.

    when asked about a second round, i said i’d like to keep it light. he then suggested a 9% imperial pilsner and then a belgian golden strong ale. even when i asked how the kolsch was, he said “it’s lighter in color and flavor.” is that it? is that all you have for me?

    bartenders in establishments with decent beer selections ought to know their beers and they ought to be able to read their clientele. if i ask for the kolsch and ask for specifics about it, you should know i’m kind of a beer guy. then when i say i’d like to keep it light, don’t suggest 9% beers.

  • Gary January 4, 2013 @ 3:27pm

    #8 would be true, but I always bring my own

  • Richard January 4, 2013 @ 5:58pm

    My daughter’s name is Amber….damn. Lol.

  • Rich Jackson January 7, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    I had the pleasant opportunity to spend several evenings at The Bayou (Welcome to Beervana) in Salt Lake City, UT this past August. Over 300 beers available. Our server “Danny” was extraordinary! I told her what i liked and she started walking away and came back with a Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel(Cognac Edition) – it was fabulous! She continued to bring me great selections for the three evenings we spent there.
    I agree with Liz – give the bartender/server a chance if they show their ignorance, then you can help educate them.

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