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    Craft beer

    I like beer. I mean I really like beer. I drink, on average, about 12-15 beers per night. Putting aside how insanely unhealthy this habit is... despite the copious amount of beer that I ingest, I actually hate most beer. You see, I almost exclusively drink weak, yeasty brews like Coors, Bud Light, and my personal favorite, Rolling Rock. There are few things I love more than cracking open an ice cold, pale American lager. It's refreshing, it goes down like water, and it's cheap.

    The thing is, I absolutely detest what many people consider to be "good" beer. American beer gets a reputation as being "horse piss", or barely beer at all, but quite frankly I cannot fathom why anyone enjoys anything else. Most craft beers taste like dirt to me. The thick, earthy flavors are not what I consider tasty, refreshing or easy to drink. Perhaps its a cultural thing, or a matter of acquired tastes (much like my own acquired taste for horse piss), but I legitimately don't understand how anyone could drink something like Dogfish or Sierra Nevada and say, "boy, I just love the taste of that". Personally, my affinity for weak American beer is an affinity BECAUSE it's so bland and tasteless, in the same way that McDonald's often tastes better than most restaurant burgers despite being so much cheaper and shittier. Not everything is made better by complexity.

    A bit of a rant here: I feel like the craft beer "culture" is one of the most detestable, fart-huffing communities on planet earth. The minute I hear the term craft beer, my mind immediately conjures images of a bald, proto-lumberjack soyboy with black glasses and a red flannel shirt lightly sipping a $9 bottle of beer, wiping the foam from his moustache and proclaiming, "Mmm, I can really taste the delicate notes of Elderberry!". People are beginning to treat the stuff like fine wine, and frankly I find it embarrassing. I can't help but think that most people who say they enjoy craft beer are only pretending to like it because it gives them some kind of "credibility", when in reality they know it tastes like shit. As an aside, I mean no insult to anyone that likes the stuff, as I'm sure there plenty of people who like more expensive beer who don't fit the egotistical soyboy bill, but the whole culture just seems fake to me, and I can't wrap my head around the obsession.

    What are your opinions on craft beer? Do you like it, and if so, why? Do you legitimately think it tastes better than cheap beer?

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    I typically don't drink beer, craft or otherwise. When it come to alcohol, I usually stick with hard ciders (Woodchuck is my go to but I also like Strongbow, Crispin and Angry Orchard) or Not Your Father's Root Beer (That stuff is delicious and even packs a bit of a punch). However, there's a big craft beer scene where I live so I tried a few and wasn't impressed. Is it just me or do craft beer have kind of a pine-like taste to it? It's not the worst thing I ever drank (I will say it's better than stuff like Budweiser and the like. That shit is nasty) but it's not something I'd go out of my way to drink.

    People that spawn out of beer craft culture can be annoying. They think that just because they go with more obscure booze makes them cultured and hot shit when most people would probably say the same thing making not that special. It's like the film buff who thinks he smarter than everyone because he avoids mainstream blockbusters and talks at lengths about some obscure art movie that only 5 people on the planet give a shit about. It's less about the product and just jerking off about how refined your tastes are compared to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starwind55 View Post
    I typically don't drink beer, craft or otherwise. When it come to alcohol, I usually stick with hard ciders (Woodchuck is my go to but I also like Strongbow, Crispin and Angry Orchard) or Not Your Father's Root Beer (That stuff is delicious and even packs a bit of a punch). However, there's a big craft beer scene where I live so I tried a few and wasn't impressed. Is it just me or do craft beer have kind of a pine-like taste to it? It's not the worst thing I ever drank (I will say it's better than stuff like Budweiser and the like. That shit is nasty) but it's not something I'd go out of my way to drink.

    People that spawn out of beer craft culture can be annoying. They think that just because they go with more obscure booze makes them cultured and hot shit when most people would probably say the same thing making not that special. It's like the film buff who thinks he smarter than everyone because he avoids mainstream blockbusters and talks at lengths about some obscure art movie that only 5 people on the planet give a shit about. It's less about the product and just jerking off about how refined your tastes are compared to others.
    I like hard cider a lot, but I feel like it’s more of a regular beverage than something to actually get messed up on. I find that over-indulgence in just about any alcohol with sugar in it gives me a terrible headache and hangover, and I’m not terribly fond of sugared alcohol to begin with. Angry Orchard is pretty damn good though.

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    Gotta be careful with ciders and sugary booze, I feel like it hits harder on the hangover as Stardood said. Not to mention, it never tastes nearly as good coming back up as it did going down.

    I'm a big beer guy too, more in terms of variety than volume, so I guess that's where we differ Stardood. That being said, I'm 100% with you on most craft beer tasting like liquid ass. I'm on Untappd because I love trying new food and drinks....it's like Facebook for beer if you haven't tried the app. You can scan any alcoholic beverage barcode and it gives you info about that brand & brew, where you can buy it near you, and adds to your Untappd score. My score is 300+ but I still hate IPAs/craft beer/spiced beer. I'm sure you guys have seen how 90% of today's "variety" is all caught up in IPAs. Do you know how hard it is to try 300-ish non-IPAs???? Fuck me.

    For my regularly scheduled drinking, I go with Coors Light, Keystone Ice, Budweiser (but less so since their recent SJW pandering. Damn man, I thought Bud was supposed to be a MAN's beer! They used to fund wet t-shirt contests. How far the mighty have fallen.), and my personal favorite basic-bitch Domestic: Yuengling. I'm from PA and I thank my lucky stars every weekend that we have an EXCELLENT local lager beer that's high quality, but cheap because I live 30 miles from the factory. Oh yeah, I like Landshark & those other beach style lagers in the Summer too.

    Does anyone else like Sours? I feel that it's fun to grab a few cans of that every once in a while too.
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