Zen and the Art of Beer

The quality of a beer, like everything, is a matter of opinion.   Do you believe that?   Let’s focus on just the beer part first.   Is that the way you see it?   Even if you are saying yes, I think that you probably really don’t act like it.

Who among us has not made a statement like “ that beer is great” or “that beer is terrible?”   Anyone that has made such a statement is basically saying that it is objectively good or bad.   What is implied by that is that if someone doesn’t think so, then they are wrong.

This, is what I call snobbery, and truth be told almost everyone is a snob at least a little bit.   It’s probably written in our DNA among the A’s G’s C’s and T’s.   But, just because it’s natural for people to feel that way does not mean that it’s good or smart or nice.

So, the question is, how do you define a good beer?   Is it what the most people like?  Well, then Bud Light would be considered the best beer by that standard.   But, “oh no”, you cry, “people only drink Bud Light because they don’t know any better.”   What you are really saying is that your opinion is more valid than a Bud Light drinking guy’s opinion.   You might even say that your opinion is validated because all the craft beer drinkers agree with you, but that’s really just saying that these bunch of guys over here have a more valid opinion than those guys over there.

So, quality of beer is only a matter of opinion, and so is everything else.

But, of course, we all agree that Reckless beers is the best beer around, and that’s an objective fact and if you don’t agree with it, well then you’re just wrong.