Why do beer snobs seem to be so against certain ingredients in beer?
This can be broken down to several categories. The first is ignorance. Some people that learn about beer become brain washed into the idea that beer consists of only four ingredients barley, water, hops, and yeast. They have been mislead by an ancient and foolish (in modern terms) German food purity law. It is this law that states the 3 ingredients of beer (yeast was added at a later date. What is a beer? It is a fermented beverage produced with a cereal grain and that is it. In Germany it covers all beer including the top fermented Kolsch & Alt styles. (This is the real fact, no distinction is made in German law for ale or lager categorized beers.) Some exceptions have been made to their laws including the addtion of wheat. This mainly due to protests from the Northern Germans which have enjoyed the wheat beers for far longer than their southern countrymen. But to continue with ignorance there exists many classic beers that contain alternative ingredients such as corn and fruit. As an