Common Beer Myths, Debunked

Don't follow the heard—arm yourself with next-level beer knowledge and drink better.


Welcome to “Ask a Beer Pro,” a monthly feature where we ask Greg Engert—the craft-brew maven behind D.C.’s Birch & Barley and ChurchKey, as well as the forthcoming Bluejacket brewery—to help us discover new suds to try. Got a question? Tweet it @churchkeydc and @firstwefeast.

Craft beer has enjoyed a meteroric rise in popularity over the last decade or so. That's a great thing, but that rapid ascent in the popular conscience has also meant that consumers have had to learn quickly about things—and sometimes, some shoddy information gets downloaded into the popular consciousness and perpetuated at bars and restaurants around the country. Just as oenophiles are only now beginning to debunk rampant myths—like the idea that you can't drink red wine with fish—thoughtful beer nerds are beginning to question some popular suds wisdom that people have blindly accepted for year.

To nip some of these falsehoods in the bud, we asked beer pro Greg Engert to answer the question: What are the most pervasive myths that you see in the beer industry today? And boy, did he go in...prepare to have your world changed.

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  • betorroque

    I live in San Diego, so this Drink Local Myth don’t apply out here. We are the craft beer capital of the world

    • betorroque Sucks

      I thought Asheville, NC was the craft beer capital of the world.

  • Stinky

    Greg Engert is a self riotous blabber nothing.

  • dr_bombay

    yeah, regarding “myth” 3… speak for yourself. my local beers are award winning and great.

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