There are lots of types of peoples out there. Lots of types of drinkers. Maybe too often we make the mistake of thinking that they're all pretty much like us. But maybe they're not. Maybe we're rare. Maybe nobody thinks like us at all, and we shouldn't make the mistake of thinking that they do.
I wonder if the Pour Fool has been making that mistake in his Seattle Post-Intelligencer column. He has no qualms about judging people who drink more than three or four beers in a night. No matter how low the alcohol, it seems, that's not a session but simply "drinking too much." Really.
Maybe the sessionistas should cultivate that bad-boy, binge-drinking image. It's sexier than the usual low-alcohol, drinking-in-moderation spiel.
The Pour Fool reminds me of Notch Session brewer Chris Lohring's thoughts from the other day:
Amazing how many who are entrenched in the craft industry loathe what I am up to. ... On that note, I have discovered a whole new beer consumer that has been cultivated in the past 5-10 years. The insufferable 20-something beer snob born on rare, imperial, double and sour, and are as closed minded as a Bud drinker. Worse than a wine snob, and the craft beer industry created them.Except that Mr. Body appears to be coming from the wine side--which in turn reminds me of Stan H's New Beer Rule #7: Beer is not the new wine.
Finally, it reminds me of some other geeks I've known, who are more interested in sipping and savoring than gulping and gulping. For some of them it's hard to understand why you'd want to drink the same beer more than once. Children of plenty, they are. Products of the insane variety that's available these days.
Me? I'd like to think there's a place for all of it. I'll try not to make the mistake of assuming that you agree. Some of you obviously do not.
Hey, Velky Al at Fuggled is musing on session beers today too.
I have heard several times from respected brewers that there "isn't a market" for low alcohol beers, and yet I constantly hear in the pubs and bars of America a sizable segment of beer drinkers wishing there was more choice of low alcohol beers. So where has this disconnect come from? In my more cynical moments, I wonder if brewers are losing touch with drinkers in the pubs and bars up and down the country, in favour of great ratings on websites that advocate beer?I've wondered the same. Yet I find it hard to swallow that many brewers are chasing geeky Internet glory at the expense of dollars. Rather, I think they are often trying for both. A bit of hype over a couple extreme beers can be good for publicity, after all. Meanwhile publicity that showcases more useful (if less exciting) workaday beers might be what's truly lacking.