No matter how old you are, you have probably come across the term “hipster” at some point. You probably have your own version of said “hipster” rolling around inside your head right now. If you’ve ever been to Brooklyn or Portland, you are probably thinking about a guy wearing jeans that appear to be too small for him, an ironic t-shirt and haircut combination, Elvis Costello glasses and if nature allows it, a mustache. This is the extreme end of hipsterdom, though. There are varying levels of hipsterhood.
If you purchased a new CD (or vinyl record) and you hear a song from said album on the radio or TV commercial and you instantly loathe the band, you might be a hipster. If you have ever worn a scarf during the summer, you also might be a hipster. Most people like expensive bikes with many gears, hipsters like fixed gear bikes that you can buy at a garage sale.
Hipster culture seems to be sweeping the nation, but it brings forward one important question. If so many hipsters are sprouting up (I’m assuming they are grown somewhere), will it eventually be uncool to be a hipster? It seems to me that the basis for this type of cultural identity is to not like anything that everyone else likes. If everyone eventually becomes a hipster, than nobody will want to be a hipster anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I have some hipster friends. I’m not trying to hate on their whole culture. I have no problem with hipsters. In fact, I like a lot of the things that they have high praise for. There are many aspects of hipsterdom that I am a big fan of. One is their love of nostalgia. I grew up with Atari and 8-bit Nintendo and the only function I use my Wii for is streaming Netflix and playing old school Nintendo games (Punch-Out, Zelda, Super Mario Bros. etc). People say that what’s old is new again and I agree that brand new isn’t always the best.
In this vein, some things that are cheaper and nostalgic are not necessarily worse than their more expensive counterparts. Hipsters love beer. But, they don’t love Bud Light (unless they are trying to be ironic and also watching their weight). Hipsters love all the beer that your grandfather or mechanic dad likes. Hipsters may have never worked hard enough to have dirt under their fingernails, but that doesn’t stop them from imbibing a working man’s beer.
Here is a brief list of the most hipsterific beers:
1.) Pabst Blue Ribbon: PBR is the King of the hipster castle. No matter what part of the country you encounter hipsters in, you will always find Pabst. There’s a bar inRochester,NY called LUX where you can get a “Pabst Smear”. It’s a shot and a PBR. All of that magic for less than three dollars.
2.) Genesee Cream Ale
3.) Utica Club
4.) Lone Star
5.) Miller High Life
6.) Shiner Bock
9.) Old Style
10.) Schlitz Beer
11.) Steel Reserve
Don’t forget about Malt Liquor:
1.) Schlitz Malt Liquor
2.) Colt 45
4.) Olde English
*Please comment and tell me some other hipster beers that are available in your area that I might have missed. Also, please be aware that I am not making fun of hipsters. My descriptions of hipsters, although sometimes accurate, are in jest.
Editor for Chilled Magazine