If you are very new to the craft beer scene, or still very much a commercial lager drinker....you might find what mentioned below surprising, amusing, or to certain extent "weird"...
BOTLLE-FIESwe all know what selfie/s is all about--or what a group-fies means.
it's the same theory---only this time the FOCUS is not on people--but bottles--yes--you heard it right--the beer bottles will always be the center of attention in any craft beer bar when geeks around.
if you see grown ups taking "very serious" photos of beer bottles in any given bar or bottle shop---welcome to the world of craft beer, you would sooner become one of these weird people....
SHARING 1 GLASS/1 BOTTLE
yes-the experts are talking about China economy slowing down hence affecting the world economy....BUT--if you see a group of people sharing A GLASS of beer or A Bottle of beer in a craft beer bar---that's not because of bad economy--that's an act of sharing or likely a TASTING SESSION is going on....
In craft beer culture--sharing is common--"taste more drink less" in volume is also something geeks believe in...
多尝试不同啤酒类别，不鼓吹大量喝或“不醉无归”，是撞意啤酒文化精神。WHAT YOU SEE AIN'T SELLING HERE
sometimes you walk into a bar or a bottle shop--you see a group of people with some nice beers/bottles that you have not seen before locally and wonder if the bar/shop owner has secretly imported something new?
While that could be the case---in most cases--especially if you live in a city/town where craft beer varieties is not available-what you saw are very likely NOT for SALE---those bottles that you see are privately own bottles brought in by geeks through whatever help they could get from overseas....
A bar or bottle shop don't sell or don't have those--but geeks privately do ? yes--that's also the beauty of craft beer culture....这酒这里没卖
CRAFT BEER IS ALL ABOUT VARIETIES
Someone asked " so craft beer is IPA?"
well---of course IPA is craft beer---BUT--it's only part of craft beer--so the answer is NO.
not at all--the answer is plain and simple---craft beer is never about any single beer style---craft beer is about many many different beer styles.
VARIETIES--that's what make craft beer beautiful.
So--if any newbie or commercial beer drinker tells you that "i had a pale ale--or an IPA--so i already tasted craft beer--and it sucks--it's not my thing...."
The truth is--having 1 glass/1 bottle or even 5-6 glasses/bottles of pale ale or IPAs---DO NOT give you any rights to pass judgement on craft beer---because--let's take IPAs for examples---there are simply thousands of DIFFERENT breweries doing somewhat different IPAs out there---there will be a few that hits all the right notes for your palate...
So how can anyone say "its not my thing" after only 1 single style of beer?(or two or three...)没有一种啤酒是代表全体的
如果有人觉得喝了IPA之后就可下定论，认定撞意啤酒合不合适自己，那是绝对错误观念。只因为喝了不太对自己口味的IPA，然后从此就觉得CRAFT BEER不外如是，没什么好喝的，那是大错特错，因为，单单IPA这个类别就有至少几千家不同酿坊在酿造不同口感的IPA，肯定有好喝的，就算IPA不是你喜欢类型，浩翰啤海还有那么多不同类别啤酒等待发掘，怎能单凭一杯或一个啤酒类型就决定呢?GEEKS generally likes SHARING Info/experiences/beers
If you are new to craft beer bar/bottle shop--don't be surprised if the staff introduce someone(who is a customer) to you saying he/she can help you to choose beers....or say someone at the bar just offer help/advice on your next beer...or even extend his/her glass/es for you to have a taste.....
These are usually more experience drinkers---or Geeks who simply just love sharing ideas/experiences of beers he/she had...
To geeks--nothing beats the feeling of seeing another commercial lager drinker slowly becoming craft beer drinker.....啤迷是乐于分享的一群
if you were to ask---What is craft beer?--the answer is simple--nothing technical--probably the single most fun part about craft beer is Varieties(in beer styles)--and you are free to choose--what or which you would rather drink....:)