One of the things that I often find in my classes is that certain beers have different audiences. OK, I will say it; some beers seem to be enjoyed by the women in the class than the men. It also works the other way.
One of the things that bugs me is the beer snobs (you know who you are), telling me that a beer is crap just because it doesn’t follow their idea of “good beer.”
The reality is that there are many good beers that I don’t particularly like. I can still admire them for their craft. Even if I don’t drink them often, can appreciate them for what they are.
Don’t be a beer snob.
Another funny thing I find (especially among the single dudes in class), is that they think all chicks like sweet beer. They are amazed that some of the chicks actually don’t like sweet beers and love to down the funky Belgians or hop water American IPA’s.
You see boys, one day you will learn that not all women are the same, (note, I didn’t say I understood them, not even after 14 years of marriage)!
Some chicks are even bigger beer nerds than you, and you better not go on a date and assume they are going to buy the latest fruit beer.
Let’s face it, men love to show off. At least until you get to a certain age, and even then the urge comes and goes. It is called testosterone, and it has no place in the beer world.
Yes, I know your friends all like beer so bitter it would peel paint, and well, you don’t have to. Next time tell them, you know what guys, I really want a beer that tastes good, how about a German hefeweizen for me. If it is okay for Clint Eastwood to drink chardonnay, you can drink a chick beer (and who knows, maybe you can find a chick at the same time).
I am the first to admit, there isn’t much you can’t pair a beer with. That said, some pairings are terrible like the 100 IBU IPA and a creme brulee. Or how about a dark and strong stout with a fine steamed fish.
What would I pair with the creme brulee? Probably a chick beer like a fruit beer or maybe a less bitter pale ale. Opposites sometimes make great pairs, but if your mouth is so dried out from the bitterness, all the sugar in the world won’t help.
So, let your friends make fun of you while you enjoy a chick beer that goes perfectly with your meal.
The number one chick beer in class is usually framboise, followed closely by Young’s double chocolate stout. Another perennial favorite would be a German hefeweizen, especially the ones that are more fruit forward (bubble gum, banana), as opposed to phenolic forward (clove, smoke). Big Belgian ales also tend to be enjoyed, especially the dark dubbels and fruity tripells.