Were this not an anonymous board, you would see that I also wrote >>37094482
where the first point I concede is that the likely problem is that he just doesn't have the same taste as everyone.
My point in >>37094673
was that, as far as I could infer, his point was that "Beer has one, unchanging flavor", which isn't an argument, as ANY drink, once made, has one, unchanging flavor. That flavor can have multiple components, but it doesn't change. It's perfectly fine to not like the flavor of most beers. But it is strange. There's a reason we've been making it for 8,000 years. >>37094770
No, it really doesn't.
I have an entire mini-fridge of alcohol.
But you and I are not the majority of alcohol consumption. The majority of alcohol consumption is done in restaurants, bars, and clubs, where they will be bought individually.
Further, even in discussion of self creation, you have a higher onset cost for hard alcohol. Since I don't live in Vegas, which is apparently a magic fairy land of cheap booze, for a fifth of Jack, I would pay somewhere in the range of $20-30 dollars, assuming it was on sale.
Yes, from that fifth, I can make a lot of drinks, assuming I'm willing to carry my alcohol to and from social gatherings, and with the added cost of mixers (though, in all honesty, we're still looking at maybe a dollar or two a glass when it's all sorted) OR, I can spend $8 to be set for this ONE evening. Or more. The only alcohol I've had in the last week is one six-pack of Shandy, I had 2 beers one night, one apiece two other nights, and gave two of them to guests. That was 4 nights of very relaxed drinking for $7.50.
Sure, if I spent the 30 bucks, I could have drunk more each night, and still be drinking. But by now at least one of my mixers would have gone flat, so I'd have to get another.
The main reason is that beer in the modern market has the best connection of convenience to price to flavor.That's why people love it.