I was reading a nice article about a swell person who recently got some certification related to beer and, as I am sure you do, wondered the same question I think every time I remember how touted the Canadian Prime Minister's MA in Economics - so what?I? I mean everyone has a certification of one sort or another these days, and, anyway, doesn't the anatomy class rule apply? You know that one, don'tcha? Q: What do you call a doctor who got a "D" in anatomy class? A: Doctor.
So, a question along those lines with a few pre-chewed responses for you to consider.
=> Do you consider the opinions of others at all? I mean isn't it largely the case that we are creatures of habit and for the most part like replicating pleasurable experiences? So, what part of your beery experience is actually not about new sources of knowledge - whatever your level of experience with the far corners of the land of beer is.
=> Do you assume that clever people are taking care of things behind the scenes? I trust this is actually what the certifiable amongst us actually do. They help vendors and producers and retail staff and bar staff do a better job. But as with making sausages, you don't really want to know but you know you like to know that someone knows.
=> Do you study a bit and prepare yourself in any particular way but gleaning from the thoughts of those who have gone before hoping to trace some level of certainty in your beery travels? Or do you want to place yourself cannily in a bar or a city that is well recommended but are quite open to either new beery surprises or rediscovering old friends depending on what comes along?
=> Do you demand nothing but control of the situation with the skill and experience of all the possible resources and voices that are available to you? Have you come to rely on this beer writer or that one as a guide to a great experience every single time you lift the glass? Do you even get upset with beer writers when your experience has not met the expectations they created for you?
I am actually quite interested in this. Interested enough to post the chimp head, that is. Me, I have read a lot and written a lot and drained a lot over now that I can look back from the wisdom of this new sixth decade of life. But I also really don't give a rat's ass about so much that, on the one hand, hovers around or, on the other, smothers good beer discussion. Maybe there are particular topics within beer that fit into one of the degrees of interest in the expertise of others set out above but for the most part you fit in another, less aggressive approach? How do others intervene between you and your beer?