It’s getting towards the evening and I’m sitting outside a trusty favourite (all green tiles and hanging baskets) knocking back a saison. No, I don’t care what time of year it is, I will always have time for a saison. My companion leans forward:
“The problem with good beer becoming fashionable is that anyone can drink it.”
I consider this for a moment before responding, “I’m not sure what you mean, surely it’s quite the opposite, good beer is becoming more accessible to everyone- that’s a GOOD thing.”
“No, really good beer should be reserved for those that truly understand it. It’s wasted on everyone else.”
Needless to say I disagree with this completely. There was a time I had to search far and wide to find a decent pint, but now they’re almost right on my door step. There are pubs and bars and bottle shops and tap rooms and….well, supermarkets full of the stuff. I love that anyone can go down to Aldi/Tesco/Waitrose (one from every price bracket there) and pick up a good quality, great tasting beer.
I’m always defending craft beer drinkers from those who try to hurl the hipster insult, but I suppose I can’t deny that there must be some out there. And I suppose if all you’re bothered about is exclusivity rather than great tasting beer then you’re probably better off finding another drink. I hear gin is pretty fash these days.
|Me drinking beer at a monastery in a leather jacket I can’t even take it.|