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You make it sound as though personal taste is fully informed in all people, and imply that there is nothing to learn - about, for instance, beer.

Any sense can be trained to be more discriminating, with practical know-how.

How many millions love hamburgers and have very personal preferences for the chain and a particular product? But if these people are unaware of a whole new level of food above, made from fresh, good, sustainable ingredients with a careful palette of tastes, then their 'choices' really are uniformed.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 01:35:09 PM EST
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Not quite Swen.

What I really said was that we can and do learn to discriminate the dogs, and know when a dog is a dog. Now that may not be true of Koors drinkers. But after that it is a matter of taste. There is no cream of the cream except that you decide so. And many of the commenters essentially say that when they declare a preference. Also our tastes are limited to the number of beers we can sample, and certainly beer festivals is not the place for two reasons: our taste buds are corrupted going from one beer to the next, and then it is logically impossible to taste all of the beers, considering that the American pavillion alone had 100 beers on tap. There must certainly have been upward of a thousand beers ready to sample. And I do think that beer tasting experts are prone to the same foibles, ugh, not another beer, help me, please.

And finally training taste buds to discriminate beers by breaking the taste down into components misses the gestalt provided by the whole experience. Hence, we must assume that the average beer drinker is limited in the number of beers he could ever taste and that he will eventually decide on the best one "for him," based on his personal taste. Read the comments, and you might agree.

by shergald on Sun Aug 8th, 2010 at 02:01:28 PM EST
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