I try not to be condescending about it, but I don't always succeed in that attempt.
I cannot help it. I prefer to drink beers with more flavor, and if that makes me a snob ... I am a snob. As a craft beer drinker, being a "beer snob" is somewhat a badge of honor.
But one thing about me as a craft beer drinker ... compared to your typical BMC beer fan ... If you offer me a beer I have not had before, telling me it is good / unique / wonderful / interesting, I will always try it. ALWAYS. I won't care what color it is. I won't care what style you tell me it is. I won't care what character you tell me you find in it ... I will try that beer. I will try it and thank you. If I don't like it, I will tell you specifically what I don't like about it along with what I do like about it.
Generally, your average BMC drinker is much more loyal to a particular style and even brand of beer, and is much less likely to try a beer different from what they always drink.
If you drink Bud Light, and I offer you an IPA ... I will usually get "ooooo .... I don't like bitter beers". Most likely, you will not try my IPA.
|SheppyBrew's Buckwheat's BPA|
If you drink Coors Light, and I offer you a Stout ... I will usually get a "I don't really like dark beers". Most likely, you will not try my Stout.
If you drink Miller Lite, and I offer you any type of Sour beer ... I will almost always get complete confusion as a response. Eventually after some explanation, I will get something like "Sour? On PURPOSE?" It is almost inconceivable that you will try the sour beer.
|Steamworks Brewing Co "Colorado Proud"|
I even know people who drink Bud or Miller or Coors who will turn up their noses at the other two brands of beers even though those are almost exactly the same.
Isn't it a bit more snobbish to turn something down before you even try it?
I took a quick poll of the last 25 beers I have tried, I have had beers from 10 different breweries. I have had 18 distinct different styles. 12 of these beers I had never had before. AND ... a couple of them have even been from Anheuser-Busch InBev. Yes, the craft beer snob still gives BMC beers a chance.
Hell, not too long ago, I even tried a Bud Light Lime (Yuck!)
|New Belgium's 1554|
I am guessing that your average BMC drinker won't have anything like that kind of variety in the last couple of dozen beers they have had. There is a good chance most of their beers all came from the same case.
On the other hand, there is a better than even chance that the average craft beer drinker has had even a bigger variety of beers than me over their last couple of dozen.
|Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's|
Something to think about.... just saying.