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Saison beer should appeal to wine snobs, too

on 07/03/11 at 9:47 pm


Are there still wine people out there who won’t give beer the time of day? Seriously? Sadly, it appears so. When I’ve mentioned to wine friends that I’ve started writing about beer, some act as though I’d told them I’ll be writing about bromance comedies, Hooters’ waitresses and fantasy hockey.

I actually saw a Wine Spectator forum this year that began, “Why do you consider wine to be far superior to drink than beer?” Maybe I shouldn’t have been, but I was surprised by the responses:

“I think the superiority is clear. … For one, I find the flavors of beer to be quite fatiguing. … The range of bright and fruity flavors that wine can portray just cover a broader and more impressive scale than that of beer.”

“Hot wings, hot dogs, potato chips = Beer. Everything else wine. Sorry.”

“I do find beer geeks to be mildly annoying though. And ugly. Die-hard beer drinkers are not attractive people.”

This is 2011? Thankfully, at least one voice of reason piped up: “Congratulations on the most asinine post of the year.”

Since unrepentant wine snobs still walk this earth, I am going to speak directly to them here: Put down the Chateauneuf-du-Pape for a moment. Spend a little time drinking my favorite springtime brew: saison, or what’s come to be called farmhouse ale.

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