Who doesn’t like a nice, cold beer on a hot day or even a cold day, for that matter? There are only two types of people who don’t like beer; weirdos and toddlers. On the other side of the spectrum are the beer geeks or craft beer enthusiasts and since I am one, I prefer the latter.
Craft beer has been a steadily growing part of American culture since the early 2000’s. At first the craft beer renaissance was a beacon of hope for those of us who wanted to class up their alcoholism, but in the past few years things have taken a turn. It used to be a small group of us slightly chubby, but adorable men in every city, walking into local pubs and asking sophisticated questions like, “What do you have on tap”, “Are the new seasonal brews in, yet” and the ever popular “Can I get that in a tulip glass”… After a few years, the craft beer culture really took hold and my people were in our glory for quite a while and then it happened. It became mainstream.
Once something becomes popular, someone inevitably starts the ball of idiocy rolling and ruins it for everyone. This time, it was the young people. Pubs were now filled with college students drinking IPAs, not because they enjoyed them, but because it was cool. Bars filled with Greek lettered sweatshirts, unfortunate haircuts and high-fiving morons were taking over the scene. Luckily, craft beer started to become expensive and therefore eliminated the “I got wasted for five dollars” college crowd.
Then it was time for the beards to take over. First, it was the nicely trimmed beards of businessmen and the upper crust, then the beards along with the alcohol content started to increase in size. A beard’s size is now in direct correlation to the craft beer consumption and knowledge of its owner.