You will have to excuse me as I choke on my 300-year-old bourbon barrel aged beer. See, while we fans of good beer have seen nerd, geek, weirdo, snob and (my favorite) dipso, this slur was new for me:
These days, a brew doesn't impress the beer snobs unless it's aged in 300-year-old bourbon barrels or is bitter enough to shred your palate. On that basis, Original 16 Canadian Pale Ale likely won't impress the elitists -but it's a smooth, refreshing beer for the rest of us.
You have to remember that this is the Calgary Herald talking and, especially during a Federal election, Albertan fear of "elites"is legendary - not to mention that other fear of the bizarre, grotesque or offensive. As the word "elite" means nothing really at all, you can fill it with pretty much anything. But beer nerds as an elite? Sad solitary souls without a friends in the world perhaps but hardly a secret society behind the banks, governments and academia. Such an elite that the only TV program in recent years on the subject ends and all we can discuss are the fine points of "cancelled" versus "not renewed." Oh dear - gone is gone.
Are you part of an "elite"... or does that slight "high school chess club" embarrassment when bringing up your hobby sort of negate that?