A Good Beer Blog


Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Evan Rail -

I don't say "beer geek."

I usually say "beer head," which is sort of related to the idea of someone being a "head" in the musical sense (e.g., a "bass head," "a serious dub head," or God forbid, "a deadhead"). Often I say "hop head," but only for my IPA-addicted friends. Obviously, the word implies a cerebral appreciation of the good stuff, and it has a nice beatnik/counterculture association I like.

Less lame / more mainstream: "beer guy."

On that note, in Czech there's this great word, pivář, which literally means "beer guy." Unfortunately, the connotation is this is a beer guy who drinks 15 cheap lagers every night, not someone who cares too much about what he consumes.

Alan -

When I worked in Poland the only joke I really got off well in the local language was in response to "hoj me na Sobota" (aka get me to Saturday) to which I responded "hoj me na pivo" or even "hoj me na pif"...one of the plurals of <i>pivo</i>. <p>Seeing as I think the slavic word for beer is the best word for beer there is, I like <i>pivar</i>. I am also fond of being called "a member of the PPPP" which was the <i>Polska Partia Przyjaciół Piwa</i> or "Polish Beer Drinkers Party" that won seats in the Warsaw parliament of the early 90s. Maybe that makes me a "PPPP-varian"?

Jonathan -

Beerasaurus Rex? No... a little too long. I'll keep thinking. What about using the term "brew" instead of "beer." To me brew has more connotations of craft beer. Even if they're just connotations.

Troy Burtch -

I'll have to think a little harder about this, away from work. The one I use most though, and what I consider myself to be, is a "good beer drinker." Simply put. I have been called a beer snob, as I'm sure the people reading this have most certainly have as well.

But what about beeraholic? You got shopaholic, smokeaholic, sexaholic (did I just make that up).

Thomas -

I am a beer geek and as it turns out I am dating a food geek, we are both very comfortable in our geekiness.

Miriam-Webster lists the third definition of geek as "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity" it fits us.

A Nerd can carry a certain less social cognitive skilled label, but geek it seems not necessarily.

In the end I agree your point and the one on the Appellation thread on beer critic that we don't want to get stuck with too serious about a label, nor anything else than enjoying the beverage and our experiences.

Alan -

In a similar vein but leaning a bit on the '60s, how's about "beer junkie" or "beer freak"? Mash-head or malt-licker?

Alan -

Hopsomaniac? A pivotee?

Frank McDonald -

Friends and co-workers often call me a "beer connoisseur" and I hate the term. Way too snobby, and implies a knowledge of the subject that I don't have. I always say "good beer lover" but thats mouthful. How about "Jacksonite"? Homage to the great man who introduced so many of us to the vast world of beer.

Alan -

I am older school than that, I am afraid. Bostonian or perhaps even Linear. But as I really wish more than anything I could have a regular pint in a place with a skittles alley attached maybe I am really a "Skittleloon".

Bailey -

I've never used the word geek pejoratively. Comedian Patton Oswalt thinks there's a distinction between geek and nerd, and said in an interview with Wired: 'A lot of nerds aren't aware they're nerds. A geek has thrown his hands up to the universe and gone, "I speak Klingon — who am I fooling? You win! I'm just gonna openly like what I like." Geeks tend to be a little happier with themselves.'

So, I like beer geek. Nothing to be ashamed of. A geek is someone who's given up on adolescent pretensions and popularity contests and has enough self-assurance and strength of character to admit that they like, in a very serious way, something that other people think is trivial.

Paul Garrard -

I'm not really big on labels. Probably best used when denigrating.

Alan -

Knut has the right word: beer dog"! Excellent.

Andrew Jones -

Not much in attaching labels to people - better on things so we can distinguish what we like and like less. Beer, I like all I have tried - just some more (a lot more) than others. Others have attached lables to me - parrothead, training geek, neat freek, alcoholic - I'm not an alcoholic, alcoholocs attend meetings - I'm a pristine beer/ail drinker and I don't like meetings.

Thomas -

I am a member of a local homebrew club, so I attend meeting, heh.