False Advertising: Your article told me *nothing* about what my ‘favorite beer says about me to a date’

3 Aug

Look out… I’m standing on a soap box and I’m holding a megaphone.

A fellow lover of craft beer happened to post a link to an article today on Facebook… and I made the mistake of reading it. She found the article humorous & wanted to share, and while I get the humor side of it from the perspective of a chick who’s already into “good beer,” the better part of me got really pissed off…

I *get* that there are a lot of women out there who still aren’t “into” craft beer, and that they might need a little guidance… especially if they know they’re about to go on a date with a guy who’s expressed an interest in “good beer…” but there is NOTHING about this article that is really helpful! All it does is perpetuate the idea that craft beer is intimidating, that it’s a “guy’s world,” that there’s lots of variety & things to remember (stout? pale ale? wheat bear?)… and it basically implies that women don’t know what they hell they’re talking about when it comes to beer, let alone capable of knowing what they like!

I’m one of the last people to get really riled up on this general subject area, but this “article” just read so offensive to me from start to finish… that I simply have to talk about it. Lets start with some of the more insulting quotes in the article, shall we?

What Your Favorite Beer Says About You to a Date

Re: Stouts—So what I’m trying to say is, if you order a Stout on the Fourth of July, you might look like you don’t know what the f*ck you’re talking about. But the true Stout drinker is refined, yet adventurous. He isn’t as pretentious as an IPA drinker, but he still knows quality when it touches his lips.

Re: Pilsners—There are some great pilsners out there (just like there are great dates), but you will probably have trouble distinguishing quality.

Re: Wheat Beers—Wheat beer drinkers want to be seen as a beer drinker without trying. If you are a wheat beer drinker, you want people to think you appreciate beer but don’t want to actually drink beer. Don’t get me wrong! There are some great wheat beers out there, but I think of wheat beer like a wine drinker who prefers pinot grigio.

Re: Lagers—And let’s face it: you are probably the type that drinks to get drunk, not to enjoy beer for the art that it is.

and—I’m posting the whole write-up for this one—the piece de resistance for this Hops Honey… 

Re: IPAs—People who drink IPA are “beer drinkers.” They are the type who thinks they know more than everyone else. So, you probably think you have a sophisticated palate. (Whether it’s true or not.) Appearances are important to you, though, and you don’t want to be seen as a loser to your date. You’ve been on a brewery tour to Heartland Brewery, and mention it often. You call yourself a “hop head” despite having no idea what hops are. Ordering an IPA is fine, but do so because you like it, not because you are trying to impress your date.


The best part about the article though, is the closing reminder…
Remember: Drink what makes you happy. But don’t be surprised if your date judges you for it just a tiny bit.
Good point. I would just love to see the look on your face when you realize that we might be judging you for it “just a tiny bit” as well!


(one last thing… lest I get any flack for this… I have *never* professed to being any kind of beer expert, and I routinely say “I don’t know!” when people ask me about different beers/styles, etc. I’ve only ever touted myself as someone who loves beer, loves learning more about beer, loves drinking beer, & loves getting other gals into loving beer as well!)

6 Responses to “False Advertising: Your article told me *nothing* about what my ‘favorite beer says about me to a date’”

  1. Chris Spradley August 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM #

    I love when you get on your soapbox!

    Excellent editorial my friend!

    • thehopshoney August 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM #

      Thanks, Chris!!

  2. HopHeadSaid (@HopHeadSaid) August 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM #

    Umm, I love it when these articles come around. I’d like to know about the person who wrote this article. A craft beer enthusiast wouldn’t begin to judge another person by their craft beer. (I love pilasters!) We would judge you by your lack of craft beer, however!-

  3. Ashley V Routson August 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM #

    At a BBQ yesterday a guy who was obviously not a beer geek, but was knowledgeable enough about beer to know that he likes craft beer and not domestic lagers, got really excited to tell me that he just discovered the framboise and loved it. According to The Daily Meal writer, he’s probably gay. Which is wrong, but then so are his other assumptions.

    Frankly, there are a million things you can judge someone on during a first date. You can either waste your time trying to analyze the shit out of that person. Or, you can just cut to the chase and ask them — hey _____, ordering a ____ was an interesting choice. Why did you chose that beer? After all, there are several reasons why they might order a certain style. Maybe they had one too many high alcohol beer the night before and needed a nice crisp pilsner. Maybe they ordered something spicy to eat and need a bold IPA to wash it down. Maybe they just really like Belgian yeast and opted for a witbier.

    Trying to psychoanalyze people based on beer choices is a bit of a stretch. Like food, there are several variables that affect our beer choices. Weather, food, our mood, what’s available, etc… Tonight, I might choose a lager. But tomorrow, I might want a stout. And what does that mean? I want to get smashed one night and then I’m refined the next? Oh Daily Meal, that was a cute attempt to appeal to women readers…. but at the end of the day it was a pile of crap 🙂

    I love you Hops Honey 🙂



    • thehopshoney August 4, 2012 at 10:14 AM #

      As always, Ashley, your comments are spot-on… And yes, that article ws a pile of super-uninformed crap… lol 🙂

  4. Beausant August 3, 2012 at 10:03 PM #

    Dear hops honey, I dig your comments. By the way, I’ve enjoyed a stout on 4 July in Killarny Ireland with a bunch of other mates that I guess didn’t know anything about beer either! ( for the love of God, don’t tell Them that!)
    And, I’ve had the original Pilsner in a Heidelburg University pub that’s been serving it for centuries; still just as good and not very confusing to the thousands of college students who’ve attended over the centuries. Also have had many German wheat beers throughout Deutschland and I don’t believe anyone there was pretending to be a beer drinker, because THEY WERE a beer drinker…
    I find this writer’s opinion very narrow without much experience outside his local 7-11…
    Keep it up! At least You’re on the right track! Cheers!

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