I was out drinking a few beers with an old mate last night and it got me thinking…what does beer mean to different people and what do they like or enjoy? With something like 60 styles of beer (some of which I have never tried) it seems there is something for everyone. It seemed that my friend enjoyed sweeter beers, whilst I am more of a hop lover.
It’s easy to say that this style or that style are crap (for want of a better word) but they all have their fans. Everyone appreciates different aspects of beer drinking. Notice I said driking, not mindlessly consuming. I love Imperial Stout or a big, hoppy beer, but these might be too much for many people. Just as I am not a big fan of chilli in food, it would be off puting for me go to an indian restaurant and order a super spicy vindaloo special, I can appreciate that my idea of the ideal beer may not always be for everyone.
Having said that, there are always ways to introduce people to the wonders of craft beer. One thing I have learnt is to not give (for example) a VB or XXXX drinker something at the opposite end of the beer spectrum. Sometimes a little shift sideways can help people to open up to other possibilities. I guess what I’m trying to say that anyone can be open to new experiences if it’s done in the right way.