Proposal: *Beer *
One of the other proposed recreational sites is Alcoholic Beverages. Wouldn't having both Beer and Alcoholic Beverages just confuse users and interfere with each other?
I think that they should be combined. Alcoholic Beverages seems to cover everything that Beer does.
Being a beer guy and a newbie to the SE, my vote would be to have a separate SE for beer. Alcohol is a very broad category and personally I wouldn't want to have to wade through a bunch of comments and questions about wine and spirits. Maybe there could be 3 SE's. Beer, Wine and Spirits... although I could see some arguing for further bifurcation in spirits like scotches, whiskeys, cordials, etc. To mdma's point above, why have separate SE sites if it's a matter of tagging.
Perhaps the tea and coffee proposed SEs could also be included in a 'Beverages' SE.
I would say keep them separate. Appreciation of beer is different from appreciation of wine, mead, vodka, whiskey etc.