Drinking Made Easy

Hipsters Beers

June 22, 2012 4

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

7.) Olympia

8.) Narragansett

9.) Old Style

10.) Schlitz Beer

11.) Steel Reserve


Don’t forget about Malt Liquor:

1.) Schlitz Malt Liquor

2.) Colt 45

3.) Mickey’s

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.

Chris Osburn
Editor for Chilled Magazine

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  1. charles Fenech June 23, 2012 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I’d say these are more or so “low-income” beers or “ghetto drinks.” Come on, steel reserve? Olde english? I can see some hipsters drinking more craft brews..

  2. Larry June 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I enjoy PBR, and in no way am I a hipster. It gets so bad when I’m at dinosaur bbq and I see the hipsters come in, I immediately switch my choice. If you can’t order a beer by its moniker, “UC” for Utica Club, or “Genny” for any of the Genesee beers, then you don’t deserve its tasteful reward.

  3. IrishMurph June 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    You may be wrong with the PBR. Here in the midwest there is a new King of the Hipster Mountain!!! Hamm’s!!! A 30 pack is only $13.99.

  4. Javier February 2, 2014 at 3:16 am - Reply

    I think the currently hip generation believe its cool to be cheap. A response to the flashy big spending baby boomers and generation X that didn’t care about depth. they drink it to be cool. most of the hispters i know can barely force it down, yet that’s all they drink because it’s “cool.” hipsters don’t buy this for the same reasons normal people do (taste, price, etc.). they buy it because it’s “cool”

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