Hey beer geek! Dave Chang hates your fancy beer


He’s a chef with restaurants in New York, Sydney and Toronto. He has international acclaim and Michelin stars to his name. He’s eaten in the world’s rarest and most exclusive temples to fine dining. But, if you’re David Chang, sometimes you just want a cheap beer.

And he reckons beer snobs are the worst, according to this piece he wrote for GQ:

“Beer snobs are the worst of the bunch. You know the old joke about cheap beer being like having sex in a canoe? I will take a beer that’s “fucking near water” every night of the week over combing out my neck beard while arguing about hop varieties.”

It’s not that Chang doesn’t think these craft beers are tasty, he writes — it’s just that:


“95 percent of the time, I don’t want something that tastes delicious. I want a Bud Light. I am not being falsely contrarian or ironic in a hipsterish way. This is something that I genuinely feel: I do not want a tasty beer.”

Is there a backlash coming against craft beer? The category keeps growing, so perhaps that’s unlikely. But hey, drinking cheap and non-tasty beer could be the beer version of the wine version of normcore. Whatever the hell that is, it apparently is a thing.

At least Chang has grounded his desire for watery beer with good reason: “It pairs really well with food. All food.”

You’d have a tough time arguing with the chef on that. And look, he’s drawn a handy Venn diagram of his ideal microbrew for your easy comprehension.


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