1)Why Drink Craft?
the answer is simple--palate enjoyment
it's the same reason why people tend to seek out something delicious to eat--if you would demand food to be tasty--why not beer?
1) 为什么要喝Craft Beer？
2) we can find fruits/chocolate/coffee(and more)in a beer--why not just eat/drink those instead of finding the taste in beer?
It's simply NOT the same.
just like food item such as cheese/kimchi or soy sauce needing to go through "FERMENTATION" process--that somewhat "magical" fermenting process will make the food items becoming uniquely delicious in a beer form.
3) Beer is full of gas/carbonation--it makes one feel unpleasantly bloated
Yes--carbonation is part of beer--and if all you know is MACRO BEER then it's a huge part of it--we all been ingrained as to how a perfectly served pint must have a rather thick head.
BUT--in the world of craft beer--carbonation is NOT the same for every beer--depending on the style of beer--some would have very less or no carbonation when served--though some would have almost Champagne-ish carbonation to create those little bubbles in a beer....
Does carbonation makes you feel bloated? perhaps that french fries/potato wedges or chicken wings that went along with the beer would be responsible rather than just your pint.
4)Beer is alcoholic beverages-how to best enjoy it without getting shit-faced?
The solution is simple--first you need to know what's your limit/alcohol tolerance level--if you are not sure--drink a few times and you would find out.
Always remember these 2 key factors:-
NEVER drink with empty stomach
AVOID drinking when you are too tired physically/mentally
Drinking craft beer can be like savouring nice food/dessert--it's never about gulping/binking--take your time--find out more about the flavours you like in a beer- just relax and enjoy.
5)So any craft beer must be all nice and tasty?
Well--if one were to compare with MACRO beer --craft beer would be much tastier with much more flavours/layer to discover.
BUT--the fact is NOT ALL craft beer is great--there's different level of brews out there--it's kinda like there's so many Chicken Rice or Burger stall out there--but NOT ALL are of the same deliciousness--it's the same with craft beer.
The only way is to find out yourself--drink more-read some-talk to people-observe--and you will slowly find out which are the better ones.
5) Craft Beer是不是随便选都肯定好喝?
6)What to do when met with "awful beer"?
there's a few scenario here pertaining to "awful beer":-
BEER GONE BAD
if the beer taste awful due to "handling issues" such as long exposure under strong sunlight or already infected during bottling/canning process--the only way is to pour down the drain.
NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
if a beer taste "awful" because it's of a flavour you don't like( a beer tasting like coffee which is not your daily drink)--OR say you like coffee quite a lot and expecting your beer to taste more coffee like-thicker---but initial sips seems disappointing....
then it's not really a bad beer issue--but more of a getting used to new flavour issue--or that the beer has yet to warm up....
there's a few ways one could try to turn that strange tasting beer into something drinkable:-
A) try wait for a while longer to let that beer warm up to see if it would become something more drinkable?
B) try blending the beer with some other styles of beer( you could mix 1 with another 1 or another 2- it's your call) to see if that beer would changed into something more likable?
C) If you really don't like what you drinking--and if your friend/s don't mind/ or that stranger sitting next to you at the bar don't mind--just let go of it--let others try if they like it.
B) 觉得不对味，比如不喜欢咖啡却喝到带咖啡味啤酒，又或说喜欢咖啡可是好像不浓郁，可以试着让味蕾慢慢适应，实在不行，可以试着1)等久一点，让啤酒回温再喝看是不是有变圆润顺滑好喝, 2）混其他类型啤酒看会不会变好喝，3)请别人喝。
BEYOND CURRENT APPRECIATION LEVEL
If a beer is tasting awful because it's way beyond your palate appreciation level--then it's a totally different issue--it's a case where you maybe drinking 1 of the best brew in the world--but due to lack of understanding of the taste profile a beer could bring- the current level of your palate would not be able to appreciate what's coming-hence the immediate rejection/reaction.
There's been some real stories going round about how a geek would find his/her Trappist beer or Lambic missing from the fridge only to know that it was opened and drain poured by some family members who thought the beer were"tasting funny/ maybe gone bad"!!!
So --if you met a beer which you are not sure but thought it's tasting "awful"--you might want to ask this question "is it really a bad brew or is it something my palate could not handle as yet?"
7) just give me THE BEST beer
In consumerism- it's common to hear that sentence " just give me THE BEST" though at times those who fork out handsome cash don't really know what he/she bought into?
In the world of craft beer--what is the best beer would be a question NO ONE can give definite answer to--in a beer world full of varieties of styles--who can tell the world what is the best?
Yes--there's a list of world best beer/top beers if you follow Rate Beer or Beer Advocate--but are those list the definitive definition of THE BEST?
Nope-it's not the case--those list you can choose to think it's the best beer list--or you can just look at it and say " i think this particular beer is more deserving to be on the list but it's not"
In the world of craft--varieties is key--tasting and finding out more flavours you like in a beer is the key reason why geeks are so into it--there's probably no THE BEST--but there's certainly awesome brew--solid brew-average brew and awful brew--you will know how to differentiate when you drink up to a certain level :)