Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
I was really just kidding. I did actually try Wheach and I did actually dislike it. But I don't enjoy beer all that much in general, and so I don't have a horse in the race ("dog in the fight"). Speaking as an outsider to the scene, it is funny to see people getting in heated discussions about which ingredients accord with propriety of beer and which do not. But I guess all scenes devoted to some specialized activity are like that to some degree.
I find that stuff interesting, in terms of history, and evolution of beer. Naming conventions are useful, in that they help you know what you're getting, but as long as you be sure to tell people that there is something unusual in your beer, I don't care. I'd be annoyed if a beer was labelled a Pilsner but turned out to have cocoa powder in it, with no warning. (Also it sounds like a terrible idea to me) But generally, if they put things in beer, and I think they don't taste good, the extent of my protest is normally not drinking that beer, and probably telling my beer nerd friends that I don't like it, and why. I commissioned a cask of peach wheat ale for my wedding, and it was pretty fantastic. Also pretty cool that it was a one night only performance, and made specially for my wife, our guests, and me.