It’s getting cold outside…then warm, then ice storms, then sunny warm days, then back to cold again. That can only mean one thing: it’s Christmas in Arkansas. While you sprint into the store for that last minute Christmas gift, don’t forget the beer geek in your life. If you are unfamiliar with the vast world of beer, have no worries! We are here to help. Through years of scientific research, technical lab projects, and countless nights of “consumption observation” (creepily staring through your window watching you slowly enjoy your beer), we present to you the Arkansas Beer Blog Beer Geek Scale®:
Beer Geek Rating: Beer Curious
This is that stage where you’ve heard your friends talk about craft beer, perhaps, or you’ve seen your friends drink something different than a blue or silver can. However, you remain cautious because one time your buddy made you drink some kind of beer that turned your face inside out. As traumatic as that day was, it piqued your interest.
Suggestions: Sudwerk Lager, Witkap Pater, Piney River McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Stiegl Graipfruit Radler, St. Bernardus Witbier, Moylan’s Celts Golden Ale, Hitachino Nest White Ale, St. Bernardus Prior 8
Beer Geek Rating: Beer Explorer
You’ve now stepped beyond the delicious gateway beers such as Samuel Adams Boston Lager, New Belgium Fat Tire, Shock Top, Blue Moon and other beers that are universally friendly. Now is the time to push yourself into new territory. You’ve heard of some new local breweries, and you’ve always been curious about this “imperial” type of beer. Now is the time to find out what flavors you enjoy – will you take the voyage to the super fruity and bitter path, or the dark and mysterious stout path? Hint: there is no wrong path.
Suggestions: Green Flash Double Stout, Horny Goat Hopped Up ‘N Horny IPA, Evil Twin Lil’ B, Evil Twin Yang, Uerige Sticke, Green Flash IPA
Beer Geek Rating: Craft Beer Ticker
You are now a seasoned vet of the craft beer scene. You have discovered that good beer is good beer, and it is all around you. Perhaps you are in a quest to drink every single beer available in Arkansas? You are most likely a member of Beer Geeks of Arkansas on Facebook, and you enjoy serious beer conversation. This is a difficult person to surprise!
Suggestions: Prairie Funky Galaxy, Stillwater Artisanal Ales Cellar Door, Scaldis Prestige, Scaldis Noel, Hanssens Artisanaal Oude Gueuze, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail, Green Flash Palate Wrecker, Green Flash Green Bullet, Saison Dupont, St. Bernardus Abt 12, St. Bernardus Christmas Ale.
Beer Geek Rating: Grand Master Ninkasi
This is the highest level of beer geek: one who has studied beer, knows beer history, why beer tastes the way it does, how beer should taste, and the amazing romance of drinking beer. If you know who Ninkasi is, you are most likely a Grand Master Ninkasi. If that special person you are buying for keeps telling you the same story about the history of IPA, and you swear; the next time he starts telling it, you will choke him, that’s most definitely a Grand Master Ninkasi.
Suggestions: You may never buy a beer that will impress this beer geek, and that may be something we all have to accept. However, you could take a stab at dropping some serious cash and order some beer online, and go for a rare or hard to find sour from Russian River, perhaps a special seasonal release like Deschutes the Abyss, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, or some super hoppy beers from San Diego. If you really want to take a stab at impressing this beer geek, find an aged beer, or ask another serious Grand Master Ninkasi. Be prepared to spend too much money.