Drink What You Like & Stop Judging Other People: A Rant

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Disclosure: Things are about to get heated.

I’m sick and tired of people being elitist jerks when it comes to drinking.

Isn’t drinking supposed to be fun, social, and entirely subjective? Aren’t those the very reasons people like to kick back with a cold one or meet their friends out for cocktails? The cocktails they want?

That being said, I’m not sure why so many people feel the need to get excessively uptight, judge people, and treat others disrespectfully simply because their preferences differ.

I handle our KegWorks social media accounts and I can’t post anything that references Budweiser or Anheuser-Busch without hateful negativity spewing all over my computer screen within seconds. I swear people don’t even read what we’re saying, they just grab their torches and pitchforks and go to town insulting people they don’t know and writing terrible things about how terrible their taste is.

Here’s the thing though, it’s not their taste to critique! Who are they to decide what someone else should like or not like?

Some people really enjoy drinking a cold Bud Light on a hot summer day. Who cares? Let them! We’ll help them get Bud Light on tap at their house so they can enjoy more of it – because that’s what they’re into. Good for them! Some people enjoy eating Spam. My grandpa (who was a very smart and successful man) loved those little Vienna Sausages and, although I think canned meat is pretty vile, I don’t care if other people like it and eat it everyday – that’s their choice!

Now, as most of you know – I drink very well. My job and my social circle make it very easy for me to enjoy very high quality beers (and cocktails) all the time – but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love a Labatt Blue Light every once in a while (preferably at a Buffalo Bills tailgate party.) I also don’t judge people (like my dad) who only ever want to drink a Labatt Blue Light. They like it, and that just means there’s more good beer for me.

Now, I know that some people don’t like the big brewers for other reasons, reasons that may be more political in nature. If they choose not to support them because of those reasons, that’s their right and I fully support that.

However, if they want to attack people who do drink those products, their comments should reflect their issues with the corporate structure and ethics – not "terrible taste." Sure, some people think that certain beers taste like carbonated poorly-flavored water – but other people like them. It’s no different than my one boss loving Indian food and the other one being grossed out because it smells like feet to him. To each their own.

That being said, please think before the next time you rage about someone who likes Coors Light. Maybe offer them a beer that you deem to be better and let them make their own decision? Just remember – it’s not your beer to drink.

4 Comments

  • Ken J. February 21, 2013 @ 11:51am

    I do agree to a certain point with what you are saying, but at the same time to tell someone they do not have the right to voice their opinion on what they consider to be swill is totally absurd and hypocritical to your point. If that’s the case you do not have the right to tell them they should not! You can’t have it both ways…

    People have the right to drink whatever they want “TRUE”, but people also have the right to criticize, ”Life is an open forum after all”. I personally do not care what people drink, but as a beersnob myself I do feel it my duty to enlighten them that there are much better choices out there.

    Be careful what you say, because it is also considered criticism… Just Sayin’

    Be careful what you say, because it is also considered criticism… Just Sayin’

  • Jim February 21, 2013 @ 1:18pm

    Great post. I remember taking my brother to a beer festival, and he started to get self-conscious because all he liked were lighter beers. That day it clicked for me. I said, “Who cares? What’s the best beer? The one that you like.”

    I’ve tried to remember that moment of clarity since. However, the opposite of beer elitism holds true. Macro beer drinkers quite often refer to craft beer drinkers in condescending terms.

  • Nate February 21, 2013 @ 11:01pm

    You could not be more right about this. It’s very simple…don’t be a dick.

  • Barr October 12, 2016 @ 8:20am

    Bravo. Finally someone gets it. I hate to say that almost ironically, I rage about people who rage over my beer choices. I tell people how bout you drink what you dig and I’ll do the same and hey, lets just have our beers and not worry about it! On a side note, I am, quite frankly, over the crazy over-hopped beer trend. There I said it. But I won’t judge those that dig it!

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