Let's stop drinking like accountants
Let's say you go to the store and plunk down your hard-earned cash for a six-pack of beer you know absolutely nothing about. You've never heard of the brewery, even! Holy crap, to not know something in the age of Google. Let me speak from experience here: I rarely do this! But I should! Because what's the worst thing that could happen?
You go home, you pop open a gose on the back porch, and you hate it. Goses just aren't for youses. Don't worry, there's a guy here at Thrillist who agrees with you. What a horrible waste of money, right? No. That's a fantastic use of money.
Whether you drink something you love or something you hate, you learn something. Every beer is a learning experience. I don't think you can truly appreciate and understand a beer style until you've had the sublime and the horrible.
Whenever I drink a garbage beer at home, I don't get mad anymore. I think, "Well, I guess I'll never drink this again." Then I have a different beer. For anyone who thinks that review sites like RateBeer and BeerAdvocate save you from buying bad beer -- I see your point. But do we want to drink like economists, worrying about maximizing each penny spent on every ounce of beer? Or do we want a drink because drinking beer is super fun?
When I know nothing about a beer before I drink it, I feel like a kid opening a box of Cracker Jack and being excited for what crazy toy might be inside. You can keep your extra money. I'll take the feeling of wonderment every damn time.