No one has ever accused Anthony Bourdain of keeping his opinions to himself – at least no one who pays attention to Anthony Bourdain. And when you’re as outspoken as he is, you’re bound to ruffle some feathers… or occasionally put people directly in your crosshairs – like the celebrity chef recently did going after craft beer lovers everywhere.
In an interview published last week by Thrillist, interviewer John Sellers brought up how Bourdain sometimes gets “flamed online from beer snobs” – a topic that clearly touched a nerve. It happens “a lot,” Bourdain replied. “I would say that the angriest critiques I get from people about shows are when I'm drinking whatever convenient cold beer is available in a particular place, and not drinking the best beer out there. You know, I haven't made the effort to walk down the street 10 blocks to the microbrewery where they're making some fucking Mumford and Sons IPA.” Whoa. Let’s leave Mumford and Sons out of it. The fact that they suck has nothing to do with craft beer. That’s conflation at its worst.
“I like cold beer,” Bourdain continued after his Mumford and Sons outburst. “And I like to have a good time. I don't like to talk about beer, honestly. I don't like to talk about wine. I like to drink beer. If you bring me a really good one, a good craft beer, I will enjoy it, and say so. But I'm not gonna analyze it.”