adventures in craft beer in Perth and beyond

A few words on hipsters and craft beer

Above: Brews in the Beer Garden, May 2015 at The Boulevard with lots of people enjoying craft beer who aren’t all hipsters

Beyond the myth of women only drinking fruity sweet beers or that women have to be tricked into drinking beer in the first place, the myth that most craft beer drinkers are hipsters has rocketed to the top of my “things that tick me off about beer” list.

It’s mass media that seems to be feeding this mythical beast. As craft beer grows in popularity, the number of craft beer articles appearing in major newspapers also grows and with every article comes the same lazy-ass reference to hipsters.

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For every tight jean shorts, bearded hipster guy drinking a craft beer I’ll show you twenty people who don’t fit that description who love craft beer. It’s not because I am in the beer industry that I know this, it’s because I walk around with my eyes open.

I don’t read about farmers markets being a haven for hipsters just like I don’t read James Halliday saying his top rated wines are the perfect hipster accompaniment. I don’t see hipsters being associated with food trucks, kimchi, ceviche, sliders or any other foodie trend. What has craft beer done to get this association?

I really don’t know how it happened but it needs to stop, please.

3 Responses to “A few words on hipsters and craft beer”

  1. Liam

    “I don’t see hipsters being associated with food trucks, kimchi, ceviche, sliders or any other foodie trend. ”

    Not to be contrarian but I would associate hipsters with all of those things plus the concept of “foodie trend”.

    Seriously though, it’s people from outside looking in and, in an incredibly common turn of laziness-slash-“journalism”, focusing on the style, not the substance, to get angry-clicks.

    To give it legitimacy, sometimes they zero in on the most pretentious wanker they can find at any given occasion to confirm their shallow worldview. Same thing happened to hippies and it’ll happen to the next lot.

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  2. Joel

    You’ve brought up another pet hate of mine, people assuming im a hipster due to my beard !! Grr haha

    Reply

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