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Snooth Sake and Beer reviews?

Posted by barri0s1872, Apr 18, 2012.

It recently dawned on me that sake doesn't get as much attention as i think it should, and beer has always been a constant favorite for me, so i was wondering do you guys plan on expanding Snooth to include sake and beer one day?

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 19, 2012.

A couple of years ago there was a flurry of activity around some beer drinking/tasting/recommending. Sake ditto, but fewer details, and usually about matching to food.

How interested are you in each of them, what do you drink, and what are you looking for?

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Reply by barri0s1872, Apr 19, 2012.

Oh, well i guess what i mean, is Snooth going to consider expanding to make a SnoothSake and SnoothBeer?

i'm very interested in sake but usually the price to volume is so unbalanced i feel. So i drink more beer, usually picking up whatever i haven't had before and Facebook used to have a social application for beer tasting a reviews but it went away... lol

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Reply by Clare Goggin Sivits, Apr 20, 2012.

Hi!

I'm so glad you brought this up! I'm actually the new social media manager at Snooth and I'm also a big beer enthusiast. We aren't currently serving up any beer reviews but I'm working on it. I'll let you know when we're closer to that. For now, we're doing our best to serve up great wine reviews and articles.

As for sake, you've got me at a loss there. I'm not quite sure if that's something Snooth will venture into but you should definitely visit our friends TheSpir.it for some great liquor news and reviews: http://www.thespir.it/

Reach out if you have any other questions. Thanks!

Best, Clare

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 20, 2012.

Alright, Clare, what kinds of beer are you drinking? Would be good to see someone from Snooth active on the boards here, other than GDP of course, and Chris (and formerly Mark) regarding IT issues.

Sake I see as being more of a natural segue from Snooth's historical mission. It's definitely not spirits.

Beer has so many intricacies that unless you approach it as virtually another prong or mission or whatever for the Snooth empire (Snooth, theSpir.it, what'sCook.in, and even Lot18) and allocate resources accordingly, you're likely to run into some user unhappiness and controversy. But if approached carefully and even gradually, it could be a good addition and something the community will appreciate.

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Reply by EMark, Apr 20, 2012.

I always thought that Sake was a beer.

My understanding was that

  • Wine is fermented grapes.
  • Beer is grains.
  • Spirits are fermented grains that are then distilled.  That would explain most whiskeys, but maybe the definition has to be expanded to cover things like vodka, rum, tequila, and who knows what else.

 

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 21, 2012.

Yeah, Mark, 'spirits' certainly go beyond grains. What about potatoes (some vodka), agave (your tequila/mescal), sugarcane (your rum), grapes (marc, grappa, all sorts of brandies from Cognac/Armagnac over to Greece and beyond), sweet potatoes (shochu), apples (calvados), pears (poire williams), plums (slivovitz), cherries (kirsch), cashew fruit (see another recent thread), etc, etc.? Guess we're talking grains and fruits and anything else human imagination and ingenuity and need can work with.

Technically the sake creation process is kindof like beer but on steroids and often more lengthy and meticulous. It is from rice, thus a grain and not a fruit, as is shaosing 'wine', made somewhat differently over in China (and the cheaper stuff over there with lots of ingredients besides rice). Still it's historically played more of a role with food matches than beer, and thus might be considered closer to wine. Neither one nor the other, but if you were going to add coverage of it to a beer or a wine site, I'd vote for the wine sensibility.


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