The Craft Beer Commandments


*This is an ongoing series about craft beer education.

Talking Craft – Craft Beer Commandments

Show of hands: Who here has never broken a rule? *looks around, sees no hands in the air* That’s what I thought. Rules are meant to be broken, right? Well, when it comes to craft beer, that is WRONG. Did you even know there were rules, or “commandments” as we call them, for craft beer? The fine folks at Thrillist are here to help you understand the laws of the land when it comes to craft. They’ve compiled their “Ten Craft Beer Commandments” in order to help us all “minimize our craft beer-drinking sins.” Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, and we’ll summarize below, but for full details of each commandment head over to their article.

  1. Thou shalt not judge

    Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to drinking craft beer. Don’t judge!

  2. Thou shalt be generous but not pushy

    Offer to share your beer, especially if your friend has never tried a particular kind. But be respectful if they decline.

  3. Thou shalt not gloat

    It’s great that you’ve been to every brewery on the planet, but I’m sure your friends don’t want to constantly hear about it.

  4. Thou shalt respect the ABV

    In a nutshell, don’t pound the high gravs.

  5. Thou shalt not speak in tongues

    Help others understand the language of craft. Explain what you mean by IBU, ABV, etc.

  6. Thou shalt not bait and switch

    Find a better beer at a party than what you brought? Ask first.

  7. Thou shalt share the rare

    Those rare, hard to find brews are better when shared with friends. Trust us.

  8. Thou shalt not worship false idols

    A hyped beer not live up to your expectations? You’re allowed to not like it.

  9. Thou shalt keep an open mind

    Try everything at least once, regardless of color, style, ABV, etc. You never know what you might like.

  10. Thou shalt kill

    Don’t waste the delicious liquid!

Are you guilty of breaking any of these on a regular basis? Help make the craft beer world a better place and change your sinful ways!

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