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The 5 craft beer personality types

on 25/06/12 at 9:33 am


A few years ago, I wrote about the difference between beer geeks and beer snobs. This was a fairly popular column and I got quite a few e-mails concerning it. Most of them agreed with me that being a beer geek is a wonderful and positive thing for the beer world. And most also agreed that beer snobs don’t do anything but ruin the party for everyone.

More recently however, I have been thinking that there are a lot more categories in the craft beer world than just those two. So today I decided to delineate the personality types even further. It might be fun for you to decide which category or categories you fall into. Not everyone will fall strictly into one or another. So without further ado I’d like to expand and expose you to what I think are the five different types of people in the craft beer world. I’m listing them from the most positive to the most annoying.

The Beer Geek: Beer geeks are quirky and funny and wonderful people.I do not consider myself one of this breed as I am not as fanatical or as obsessive as true geeks are. Beer geeks are completists and cannot stand not to try everything that’s out there. They also are very fun to talk to and dispense both knowledge and good will to everyone around them. They often are homebrewers. They delight in talking about their favorite beers and rarely feel they need to come off the smartest monkey in the brew zoo (even though they often are). They attend numerous festivals and take copious notes….