It is good to be a fan of good beer and promote it and all but we still do say silly things some times as this article about a conversation with British beer writer Melissa Cole illustrates:
...we start with a bottle of Coney Island, by an American brewer called Schmaltz (which also makes kosher beers called He’brew, Genesis Ale and Messiah Stout). It instantly changes my mind about beer being – on the whole – unpleasant. It was better than wine. It was outrageously floral, then creamy, and not at all tinny. Commodity beers such as Stella and Fosters are made with maize and rice, which adds a vegetal odour that is instinctively repellent to women, says Cole. Quality microbrews such as this are a different world."
Yikes! Look, don't get me wrong. I think there is no gender in beer and am pretty much satisfied with that opinion, especially given my university years and the gang I hung around 50% of whom were not male yet could hold their own in any vat of macrobrew. Yet... yikes! "A vegetal odour that is instinctively repellent to women"??? I've repelled more folk - whether XY or XX - with highly hopped beers and lambics than I ever have with mass produced brews. So, I will assume she was misquoted. Or that she was under the charms of The Rake, the pub referenced in the article above as well as this one which jumps, like so many others this week, into the discussion about BrewDog's Tokyo.