I'm more susceptible to groupthink than I'd care to admit
Speaking of beer ratings, I like to think I don't let them, the opinions of my peers, or anything else influence how I feel about a beer. And yet, I'm almost positive they do.
I get way too excited when I turn someone on to craft beer
I try not to be pushy with my non-crafty friends. I prefer more of an open approach -- if I'm opening something really good, just extending the offer if they'd like to try a small pour. Sometimes this plants the seed that develops into a beautiful tree full of hops obsession and other beer nerdery, and I feel like a proud papa. Which is ridiculous. But I can't help it.
I've found myself acting like a grumpy old man
"I can't keep up with these kids anymore" is something I've actually said to myself when arriving at a beer release an hour early only to find the line hundreds deep. I haven't dropped a "back in my day" yet, but it's undoubtedly coming.
For all the handwringing, I love being a beer nerd
There's a lot of talk these days about the coming craft beer wars and the end of craft's more innocent, carefree days. And yet, I still find 98% of craft-loving folk out there to be an engaging, thoughtful, and friendly bunch who just want as many people as possible to be enjoying as much amazing beer as possible. So even if I occasionally gripe about stuff, I love you folks.*