I don't get the problem people have with categorizing beer into styles. This shorthand is very useful for a lot of reasons. One of the best being that if you go to a bar, and only had one category called "beer" from which to order, you might get handed anything from an Ordinary Bitter to an Imperial Stout. Those beers may each have their place, but one may not be what you're looking for on a hot day or if you need to drive in the near future.
Sure you could ask, "Do you have a pale but very hoppy beer around 6% abv", but isn't it nice to just order "an IPA".
But wait, doesn't saying things like "I don't care about styles, I brew what I like" and calling folks "style nazis" make you cool ?
Oh boy.... didn't mean to upset anyone.
Actually, It was the barleywine talking. (a favorite 'style' of mine)
I was merely making an observation, but didn't follow my own rule of not posting immediately after I write. I guess I could have read the thread more carefully as well, and that's my bad...sorry.
"Knucklehead Smiff" is my avatar picture for good reason.
As far as hokerer
's comment goes, I don't think anything
could make me look cool.
However, I do concede that some
shorthand with regard to talking beer (ie., styles) is indeed helpful. I just think there's too much obsession about it (and that's not directed at the OP who made the inncocent query).
So yes...the manner in which I expressed my opinion was clumsy at best. Sorry.
Next round is on me. Your choice of styles.