This might be literally the worst draft list I've ever seen. twitter.com/thnghtlghts/st…Huh. Now, let me preface this by saying I am not really a beer snob, so this might be lost on me. I think I used to sort of be a faux beer snob. I drank a lot of Sierra and looked down my nose at any mass-produced beer. Not any more. 2 Sierras and I'm full. Now I'm happy to throw down a few PBRs or Tecates or whatever. I don't really like Bud, but if there's a Bud can at the bottom of a cooler full of ice on a hot day, I wouldn't turn it down.
— The Nightlights (@thnghtlghts) January 8, 2013
So let's take a look at the Worst Draft List Ever. First of all, there are an astounding 29 beers on the WDLE. I bet there are a lot of people in a lot of bars across This Great Land who would fucking KILL for 29 beers. Now, of course, 29 beers is useless if there are 22 taps of Natural Light, 3 taps of Coors Light, and 4 taps of Bud Ice, but that's not what we have here. Instead, there are a wide variety of perfectly reasonable beers represented on this list.
First of all, a pint of Guinness, poured correctly, is one of life's sublime pleasures. The presence of Guinness alone is enough to automatically disqualify any list from WDLE status.
I happen to like Harp; a lot of people don't, but that's fine. I'm always happy to see Harp, though.
Brooklyn Lager, I thought, was a very nice beer. I wouldn't mind seeing Brooklyn Lager out here in SF. It got a 90 on Ratebeer.com, so it couldn't be THAT bad, right?
Nothing wrong with Bass Ale or Smithwick's.
I'm not crazy about Red Hook, so I'll give you a pass there.
Goose Island is apparently owned by megalocorp InBev, so I can understand the hate. Not familiar with their products, though.
I've never had Shock Top but it's another one of those Big Brewing Co beers that you're supposed to hate.
I thought people liked Leffe? I didn't personally care for it, but whatever. Oh, it's brewed by InBev Belgium. That must be why this guy hates it.
I had Harpoon IPA when I was in Boston and I didn't love it but at least it's not made by InBev.
I guess my point is, if beer snobs want to someday be as elitist and condescending as wine snobs, this is the way to do it. Sure, this list isn't crammed full of weirdo shit that somebody made in their garage and has elderberry flowers and cardamom in it, but if you can't find a drinkable beer on this list, your tastes are maybe way too refined to be going out to bars. Except for Toronado. You'd fit right in there.
(For comparison's sake,check out the draft list at the alleged "#1 Sports Bar in America," The Fours, in Boston: Bud, Bass, Guinness, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Harpoon, Blue Moon, Sam Seasonal, and Cider Jack. Makes the WDLE above look like a craft brewers convention.