Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the Univ. of California, Davis, has lectured extensively on the nature of beer and brewing at venues such as Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian Institution. Throughout his many interviews and lectures, he never wastes an opportunity to take a jab at wine makers. One key point that he frequently reiterates: beer is superior. “It’s okay to dislike beer. It does not make you a bad person,” says Bamforth. “But never try to tell me that wine is better. Wine is not as complex a product, it is not so complicated to make, it is not a better accompaniment to food, and it is not better for you,” he states. “I like wine — but I like beer better and respect it more.”
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