Intuition Ale Works is Moving Closer to Lola (But Still Not Close Enough)

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Intuition Ale Works, the Jacksonville, Florida based brewery, is expanding. They have filed a request with the Downtown Development Review Board to move downtown. This has been in the works for awhile, as evidenced by this video from 2012.

I can attest from personal experience that the current location (720 King Street) is small. The location mentioned in the video (The Shipyards) is a nice strip of vacant land on the river (and the site of the Jaxtoberfest brew fest), but that’s not where they’re going. Instead, they’re moving across the street to 929 East Bay Street: near the football arena, baseball grounds and Veteran’s Memorial Arena. That’s okay with me, because when I get tired about halfway through the baseball game, I know where this girl’s going. Yes, I’ll be kicking back at the rooftop beer garden.

Here’s the Google Street View of the downtown location.

This is the Street View of their current location.

Intuition’s new location will only be about 3.7 miles from its current residence. However, that will bring it closer to me, and that’s what matters. It won’t be walking distance, but maybe if I hold my nose up in the right direction, I’ll catch a whiff of brewing beer, much like how the rich Maxwell House aroma drifts down to us sometimes.

Ooh…beer and coffee…intermingling…mixing together…I like it already. I just need chocolate.

The owner of the brewery, Ben Davis, is quoted in the Florida Times article as saying it’s not so much about the extra square footage (though there will be more); instead the benefit is in the higher ceilings. He’ll be able to bring in more equipment. He also mentions that he’ll probably close the taproom on King St. (Man, they won’t be part of the King Street Beer District anymore…) but keep brewing there—at least until the lease runs out in two years.

The City Council seems keen on Intuition coming closer to the water. I hope they’re willing to work to make this happen.

Sources:

Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville.com)

Action News Jax

Intuition’s website

Jaxtoberfest (Coming up next month!)

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Pints and Quarts – Ep.010

In this episode, we run down some headlines and are then joined by Joshua Willett. Joshua is the Head Brewer at Wonderland Brewing in Bloomfield, CO. We talk about the breweries early days (that they are still in), and we talk about some of their future releases. In fact, their first lacto sour is coming out on August, 30th. If that isn’t a reason to fly to Colorado…I don’t know one.

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Recorded live on Friday, August 15th, 2014.

 

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You want some Pumpkin…Beer!?

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I’m still mowing my yard, taking my kids to the pool, spending time at the park, and my air conditioner is going full blast. Natural thinking is: “summer is here”. Well, not so for breweries. It seems that every year pumpkin beers are coming out earlier and earlier. With Southern Tier having some of their Pumpking on the shelves early July, and as far as I know, that’s when they are just planting pumpkins to harvest in the fall. I know pumpkin beers are not everyone’s favorite, but there’s no argument that there is a lot of love from most craft beer and non-craft beer drinkers. IPA’s are no doubt the big seller when comes to craft beer, but if there’s one style that will rival IPA at least for a month or two it will be the spicy flavored seasonal pumpkin brews.Pumpking

The increasing number of pumpkin beers released every year is astonishing. Some very good, and some…not so much. Those beauties come in a wide range of alcohol content. Terrapin Imperial Pumpkin Pie Porter will have a whopping 9.2%. Not for the faint of heart. I said I would not buy pumpkin beers till September that my beer budget was going for my regulars and the seasonals I’m used to buying in July/August. So far so good, but It is painful to realize that I leave the store with a risk of not getting some of the good ones before they are gone. If you are one of those people that don’t care for the style you wouldn’t understand, but if you love pumpkin like me, I’m sure you can see yourself in my shoes. You probably have a few of them sitting in your fridge already.

TerrapinIs craft beer winning my money using fear? Are they a product of their own fear of not hit the market soon enough and not selling as expected? The fact is that I was surprised with the amount of shelf space it is taking right now, and September still a few weeks away.

In any case, I will list some of 25 pumpkin beers coming out this year (new and regulars), so you can suffer or rejoice when you see them out. Happy Halloween, I mean Happy Thanksgiving, I mean Happy Pumpkin Beer Month… Hey if they can have pumpkins out now why can’t I wish you all a great fall holiday?

Here it goes, Pumpkin or nothing: This is not a complete list of this year Pumpkin Beers since some breweries are still announcing their fall beers.

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Craft Beer Adventures – In Search of a Great Lager

Lagers suck ass. Or at least that has been my default reaction for many craft beer years.  When it comes to craft beer I’m an Ale guy.  From your big bold in-your-face American Imperial IPA to your deep, rich, dark fruit Belgian and Trappist Ales.

In my older, non-craft beer days I drank my fair share of Lagers.  Besides your American Macro Lagers there were some good ones found overseas: Grolsch and Harp chief among them.  But my favorite beer for a long time was Bass Ale.

Since my migration to craft beers my initial forays into Craft Beer Lagers were met with reactions from mild boredom to outright disgust. From what’s the point? to DRAINPOUR! And then 2014 rolled around and I was determined to expand my craft beer experience and search for the two styles that interested me the least: Brown Ales (my rare Ale dislike) and Lagers.  And I have to say, after spending the first part of 2014 exploring the Lager world I’ve discovered some pretty fantastic beers.

The Best

Let me start with what I now consider the best Lager on the planet:  Weihenstephaner Original, a Munich Helles Lager.

Weihenstephaner_OriginalAs I wrote when I tasted this for the first time: This is a Munich Helles Lager and probably the best of it’s style in the world my opinion. Just an absolutely fantastic beer. Crisp with a nice light floral and fruit taste.” 

While I had expected to find some nice Lagers I never expected to discover one I would love.  And this is one of two that I have come to love.

With a quick check in Untappd here’s my breakdown of Lagers.  And the list is way longer than I ever expected it would be.  I don’t think of myself as drinking a Lager often but that’s due to just not thinking of certain styles as actually being in the Lager family.

The Tally

American Amber / Red Lager – 1
Berliner Weisse – 2
Baltic Porter – 2
Black Lager – 2
Czech Pilsner – 2
Dopplebock – 3
Dunkelweizen – 2
Euro Lager – 2
German Pilsner – 3
Golden Lager – 2
Hefeweizen – 14
Helles Lager – 3
India Pale Lager – 1
Kristallweizen – 2
Kölsch – 3
Oktoberfest/Märzen – 2
Pale Lager – 2
Pilsner – 2
Vienna Lager – 1
Weizwenbock – 1

I tend to break Lagers down into these 3 main groups:
European Lagers
American Lagers
Hefe/Bock Lagers

And here are my personal highlights of each:

European Lager:


Weiihenstephaner Original (see pic and description above)

American Lager:
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Kiwi Rising – Jack’s Abby
To me this is the Great American Lager.  Jack’s Abby took everything I love about a big West Coast tropical IPA and made a Lager version.  In fact, when it comes to American Lagers no one is doing it better or more innovative than Jack’s Abby.  All they brew is Lager beer.  In every style and variation you can imagine.  From big hoppy beers to smoked dark lagers to Marzens and everything in between.  Hunt their beers down and enjoy.  You will not be disappointed.

 

 

Anchor California Lager
This beer impressed me.  I am not a fan of their Steam beer and had low expectations going into this one.  To my surprise and delight this was delicious.  Light and crisp and refreshing.
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Hefe/Bock Lagers


Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Aventinus.
This is a world class beer.  It takes the big bold malty sweetness of the Bock and smooths it out with wheat.  This is not a beer to skip over.
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Weihenstephaner Dunkel
While I love their Hefeweissbier, I’m sightly more partial to the Dunkel or dark version.  Another world class beer.  In fact, I have yet to have a beer from Weihenstephaner in any style that I don’t consider world class.
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So, in the end, while taking this journey I discovered a few things.  The Lager is a beer that comes in a wide variety of styles.  Anyone growing up on the American Macro Lager would have no idea that the Lager was so storied and diverse.  And while the Ale is still my go to realm of the craft beer world I no longer frown and sigh with resignation when it comes time to explore the world of Lagers.  I’ve found a couple of beers that hold their own with anything else out there.  And I still have my few drain pours.  That’s the one thing I’ve found most interesting about my Lager Craft Beer Adventure.  The few Lager drainpours that made me hesitant to take this journey remain drainpours for me.  Which actually makes me feel better about the whole thing.  At first I thought I just didn’t have an appreciation for a Lager.  Instead I just got unlucky and started out with those couple of Lagers tat do indeed suck ass.  Thankfully, it was just a few.


Related Links:

LAGER – Light/Amber/Dark – Friday Night Hangout (Ep. 156)

Craft Beer Nation BJCP Reviiew

This playlist covers many of the various Lager categories from the viewpoint of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

 

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Sumthin’s a brewin’ in the SC Lowcountry

Know where I’m from? South Carolina. Know what I like? Beer. Know what I love? South Carolina beer, specifically, beer from South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Lowcountry region of South Carolina pretty much includes: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Additionally, Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties are also included. Typically when people think about beer from these areas, the names that come to mind are Westbrook, Holy City and Palmetto. However, there is a new, underrated kid on the block and they are making some FANTASTIC beer.

Say hello to River Dog Brewing. River Dog currently calls Ridgeland, SC in Jasper County home and they almost straddle the border of Beaufort and Jasper counties. Their motto is “Exceptional craft beer brewed in South Carolina” and boy do they live up to that. Everytime I go home, a visit to River Dog is almost automatic. My car self drives itself there and who am I to stop it? I mean, I like great beer and my car knows how to get me there so I just go with it. Founded in 2013 by Josh and Gabby Ferrell, the brewery has been taking the low country by storm. They now distribute in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and will be canning their delicious nectar by the end of the year. Brewing operations are headed up by Dan Baker, formerly of Deschutes and Sweetwater. From their website:

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As you can see, their brewing has some respectable chops. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a few of their offerings. Some of the beers currently on tap:RiverDogFermenter The May – River Dog’s session beer that is single hopped with Amarillo hops at 5.2%, Doovalacky Double IPA – A DIPA bittered with Nelson Sauvin, finished with Pacifica Jade and Motueka, and dry hopped with Wakatu. The yeast used is an Australian strain making this beer truly a beer from down under, and my favorite AlteRED State – A beautiful, red/amber beer with a huge tropical nose and palate. Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado and Centennial hops. See the link above for the other brews on tap, because they are all true to style and deliver exactly what you are expecting.

Brewing with a 15 BBL mashtun and five 30 BBL fermenters, you can imagine that a good amount of brewingRiverDogBarrel is always going on. In addition to brewing, River Dog has a barrel room that is worthy of copious amounts of jealously. I mean, do you know anyone else who has a Belgian Quad with raisins in Pappy Van Winkle barrels? Or a Kriek with cherries in Maker’s Mark barrels? Perhaps barrels with an Oud Bruin? Maybe a Kolsch with peaches in barrels? I’m not saying, I’m just saying. If you want to drink some great beer from a brewery filled with cool ass people (looking at you Mike and Jessica), a brewmaster who won’t hesitate to speak with you, a great owner in Josh and you want to be able to say you knew them before they blew up, like me, then get to River Dog Brewing!!! You’re welcome!

River Dog Brewing Co.

591 Browns Cove Rd. North

Suite H

Ridgeland, SC 29936

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Flooding with New Beer Release

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The pace of which craft breweries are releasing their beers is crazy. The push from the market for innovation and the desire of craft beer drinkers to try something new all the time allied with the social media interaction and beer database apps like Untappd has turned the craft beer production into a fast pace release world. Every time I look on one of my social media accounts, where I share info of what I drink with fellow beer lovers, I see more and more often people posts of badges and high marks drinking achievements like “1000 Unique Beers on Untappd”. Is this Good or Bad for the craft beer world? I don’t really know the answer, but sometimes I get overwhelmed when I get to my bottle shop to get something I was waiting for, and I find myself staring at the cooler trying to decide what to take home. With not-so-big of a budget, and so many beers to choose from, it’s getting difficult.

I did an experiment these last 2 weeks. I went to my bottle shop every other day and I found a new beer every time. Crazy right? It used to get a new shipment 2 to 3 times each week, but recently it has been getting new beers in as many as 5 times a week! When I questioned the owner about all this, he looked at me and said: “I don’t know how to keep up with all those seasonal beers, man. It is what it is”. His struggle is that if he doesn’t get everything his distributor is selling he might not be at the head of the line when high demand releases like Bourbon County Stout come out. At the same time he needs to sell all those beers to keep his business afloat. He loves to have so many beers to offer to his customers (about 140 unique beers) but he is aware the margin of profit per bottle have to be high to keep such inventory on the shelves, and he has the best prices in the area, to keep folks coming through the door.

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Below you can find just a sample of all the great beers being released, or that are coming out soon, just to get you guys going. Run to your bottle shop and stare at that cooler like I do every single time. Like a dog watching a chicken on a rotisserie, or a cat looking at a fish bowl. Hypnotized by all that beauty. Good thing at my bottle shop I can have a pint while walking around the shop. In any case, it is a wonderful thing to see that the creativeness and skills of the brewers have no limits. It makes me feel so good to watch the art of craft brewing aiming high and not set in old ways. It is always evolving and, as far as I am concerned, it has evolved to better and better beers everyday. You know I love to have a reason to raise a pint. Let’s drink to that. Cheers all!!!

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Dark Horse Nation Hits The Small Screen

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If you are like me you probably try to read and watch as much stuff as possible about the craft beer world. If you do, you’ll probably remember
Sam Calagione (founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery) 2010 Brew Masters on The Discovery Channel. It was cancelled with no explanation to its viewers and Sam abstained from any comments, but In March 2011, Anthony Bourdain (TV Star Culinary Chef), who shares a production company with Brew Masters, wrote on his Twitter that Brew Masters was cancelled due to pressure by a large beer company who threatened to pull advertising. (You can watch old episodes of Brew Masters at Netflix.com)

But, craft beer advocates have come a long way since 2010, and with a consistent growth on social media, it has urged a new Channel owned by NBCUniversal and Hearst Corporation, Esquire Network (which is focused on travel, food and fashion segment) to jump start a new project in 2013. A show called Brew Dogs is hosted by the Founders/Owners of Brew Dog Brewing Co. in Scotland.  They travel the US trying to convert what they call the “Craft Beer Virgins” into drinking craft beer. The owners/stars James Watt and Martin Dickie do crazy, one of a kind brewings, with some of the stars brewers from around the US. Their success has landed them a second season that is currently airing.

Now, The History Channel has decided to start their own craft brewery style show and tonight (tuesday, July 29th) @ 10pm EST is the series premiere of “Dark Horse Nation”.

Brew DogsDifferent from Brew Dogs, The Dark Horse Nation will be a more familiar format used by The History Channel. Watching the Sneak Peak of the Show you can get a vibe of Duck Dynasty and American Chopper where they will follow the daily happenings of the brewery and Founder/Owner of Dark Horse, Aaron Morse.  His real friends and crew bring their passion to life while managing their Michigan base business on more of a “reality show” format.

I’m very excited to see another Craft beer show on a main-stream channel in prime-time. Hopefully the show will be as good as Brew Masters and Brew Dogs. I’m Keeping my fingers crossed since I’m skeptical about reality shows. Best of luck to the Dark Horse folks. We are all happy to see them hitting the small screen.

  • History Channel Show Description: In small town Marshall, Michigan, there is a group of life-long friends living out their version of the American dream. Led by rebel entrepreneur and fearless visionary, Aaron Morse, Dark Horse is a thriving business set amongst a rural paradise. Morse and his team have been making a name for themselves since 1997, when Dark Horse started bottling their unique line of craft beers. Now distributed in 12 states, the Dark Horse crew is determined to turn their business into a household name. Its die-hard fan base even has its own nickname: Dark Horse Nation. However, DARK HORSE NATION is not only about crafting great beer, it’s a way of life. Their recipe for success is as much about experimentation and trouble-shooting as it is self-taught skill and determination. Every week, there’s some new project, from creating outlandish inventions to building additions to their ever-growing compound. Around there, everything is done by hand, the old-fashioned way, or as they like to put it, “The Dark Horse Way.” source: History Channel

 

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What’s Next for Washington

otwoa1Washington DC was late into the brewery game, but that is not stopping it from being a hot bed for brewing today. One of the most well known breweries in the area and in the District is DC Brau. Their well known and widely popular flagship beer is On The Wings of Armageddon. Released in 2012 for the Mayan Apocalypse, this is a single hopped beer made using the Falconer’s Flight hop that clocks in at 9.2% ABV that packs a pungent aroma and blistering bitterness, but manages to remain quite balanced. It has been said by some, mainly myself, that this beer can stand toe to toe with Heady Topper. With a highly sought after beer that can legitimately be compared to Heady, you would think the echelon on brewing in DC would end there, but not so fast.


Right Proper Brewing Company:

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Located the Shaw Community of Washington, DC, Right Proper is the relatively new kid on the block, but they are making plenty noise with their beer. According to their website, their purpose is to make good beer, but also to fill a void that the District has been missing. From their website:

“We built Right Proper to be a brewery with heart and soul, a neighborhood gathering place that makes and serves fresh beer alongside delicious food that won’t break the bank. The brew pub is the creation of DC beer guru Thor Cheston, head brewer Nathan Zeender and John Snedden, founder and owner of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company.

We picked a location that would be part of a community, where those who live nearby will stop in to meet friends for a beer and a bite. Established on the spot where Frank Holiday’s Pool Hall once stood — and where Duke Ellington learned how to play jazz as a teenager – Right Proper next to the Howard Theater stands proud as part of the real Washington.”

Right Proper seems to lean more towards Belgian styles such as Saisons and Farmhouse and they are doing a fantastic job with it. They brew classic styles via classic methods and brew using various fermentation techniques along with secondary and tertiary fermenting. With no beers that lean toward being too big, everything at Right Proper is very approachable and is true to the style in which they were intended. Refreshing and appropriate is the name of the game with these guys.

Along with great beer, they are serving up killer food. According to them:

“Right Proper’s kitchen turns out comfort food with a Southern accent. Led by Head Chef Robert Cain, the kitchen crew focuses on the marriage of food and beer. Some dishes are made with beer; some dishes are made for beer. All are made for your enjoyment.”

I can speak from first hand experience that their grilled cheese sandwich is absolutely KILLER, not only in taste, but also in looks. If you want yours dripping with cheese down the sides and would make grilled cheeses in every elementary school from Portland, ME to San Diego, CA jealous, then this is your place. Being from South Carolina, I did not think that finding good chicken livers in Washington, DC would be possible, but to my chagrin, Right Proper proved me wrong. Great beer being served up with great food in a neighborhood that provides the quintessential “just hanging out with friends this evening drinking beer” feel is where Right Proper seems to be excelling. If you find yourself in Washington, DC, make it a point to check out this brewery and you will not be disappointed.

Other Notable Area Breweries:

Atlas Brewing (DC)

Three Stars (DC)

Chocolate City (DC)

Port City (Alexandria, VA)

Mad Fox (Falls Church, VA)

Adroit Theory (Purcellville, VA)

Lost Rhino (Leesburg, VA)

Forge Brew Works (Lorton, VA)

BadWolf Brewing (Manassas, VA)

Heritage Brewing (Manassas, VA)

Old Bust Head (Fauquier, VA)

 

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GABF – No Brewery Left Behind

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The Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is a three-day annual event hosted by the Brewers Association, in Denver, CO since 1984 moving from its original place in Bolder(1982), CO. The GABF has come a long from their original 22 Bbeweries and 800 attendees. This year the GABF will have more than 3200 volunteers and over than 200 judges and will judge 90 beer styles. See beer styles

The Festival happens every year on the second half of September to early October.  The 2014 GABF is scheduled for October 2-4.

As an example of how important this festival is; last year’s tickets were sold in 20 minutes (Tickets runs around $80.00 per day) and the brewery spots filled in the first 2 hours. Between brewers and attendees there were more than 49K people attending and they served over 48,000 Gallons of beer, more than 3,100 unique beers.  (“GABF” Website.)

Such popularity among breweries and craft beer aficionados has caused the number of people willing to participate, breweries and attendees alike, to increase at an amazing rate. This year’s brewery registration opened on June 17th and runs to June 26th. Only legally operating commercial breweries in the U.S. are allowed to enter the Great American Beer Festival.

The GABF organizers have looked into ways to make sure every brewery that applies can participate in the 2014 festival. They announce that this year The BA will be able to judge around 5,400 beers; an increase comparing to 4300+ in 2012 and 4800+ in 2013.

According to BA’s Barbara Fusco, some changes were put in place to include every brewery willing to participate.  They decide to use a similar format to the World Cup of Beer, which also happened in Denver a few months ago and was successful model. They think this will avoid all the hassle from last year’s competition and alleviate the fear of breweries have of missing the chance to participate.

I’m sure they are also hoping to not have to issue another apology statement for all the inconvenience the attendees trying to get tickets had to go through with the so called “technical difficulties” on the 2013 pre-sale through Ticket Master.

They raised the cap for participation to 1400 breweries this year (they expect to be way under this number since last year they had 750 breweries applying and many didn’t make into the Festival). The idea is that will allow every brewery to be accepted.

So here is how it will work:

They will take the number of breweries that apply to the competition and divide by their total capacity of judging (more or less 5400). The way they explain on the GABF website is with a simple math.

5000 beers able to be judge /1000 breweries competing = 5 beers per brewery.

If for some unknown reason more the 1400 breweries apply, the registration will close at that point before the due date.

 Award Criteria

Gold A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
Silver An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
Bronze A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.
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The Beer Geek and the Beast

My name is Ashley, and I love craft beer.

I love everything about beer, from brewing it to drinking it.  I also love supporting local, small business. And I love the relationships that are formed over beer. Sharing beer is the best! What I hate, however, is the craft beer beast. From trashing other peoples beer choices, to hording rare release beers for themselves or trade bait, sometimes there’s a darker side to craft beer love.

I sat down at a bar several weeks ago and ordered a South Carolina IPA.  It’s not the best IPA on the planet, but, it’s not bad.  A couple wandered up to the bar and asked for a Hop Drop and Roll.  It’s one of my favorites, so, being the friendly gal I am, I asked if they’d had it before.  They said they had, and we struck up a conversation.  Fast forward about 15 minutes and a single fellow walks up and sits at the other side of the bar.  He orders a Bud Light.  There’s a sporting event on. Everyone’s watching,  a commercial comes on, something funny occurs, and we all get to talking.  Then, after a few words, the fellow in the couple asks the single fellow why he’s drinking *hit beer where there are so many craft options on tap here.

The single fellow starts trying to defend his choice.  It’s crazy.  This is no way to convert a light lager drinker!  And Bud Light isn’t a *hit beer!  Is it relatively flavorless….well, yes. But do you know how hard it is to brew a flavorless beer! Is it produced by a massive corporation that only cares about the bottom line, well, yes.  I’m not going to defend them, but, they do brew a quality product and if this fellow likes it, he should drink it.  I’m certainly open to encouraging him to try other beers.  But insulting his beer is NOT the way to do that.

Sadly, that’s not the end of the story.  After the couple and this single fellow civilly disagree about his beer choice, the couple then proceeds to trash just about every IPA on tap at the restaurant except Hop Drop and Roll, Including the one I’m drinking.  I don’t disagree that HDR is the superior IPA, but, that doesn’t make every other IPA out there terrible.  I ended up paying my tab and politely saying goodbye.

Then there’s the white whale hunter.  The person who goes into the bottle shop and says, what’s the rarest thing you have, ok, I’ll take a case of it.  It’s people like this person that cause the rest of us to have a limit. And even with that limit, some people still find a way to break the system. Hunahpu day is the most recent publicized example.  But there have been others, certainly more localized incidents.  I’m all for people trading beer with one another, it’s fun to try brews you can’t get in your hometown. But keeping your local beer loving friends from having that special release because you want to trade with 12 people across the country just doesn’t seem right. Trade one or two, but don’t be greedy. Some of the best beers are overlooked on the shelves because they’re so readily available.

I think to love and appreciate craft beer, is also to want to share it with others.  I would love to see craft beers’ market share jump from 7% to 30%, or more!  But by being a craft beer beast, you’re only keeping craft beer down.  Be a good craft beer geek. Share what you love! Be friendly and welcoming, and don’t hoard all the Double Barrel Aged Sour Stout!

~The Beer Fairy

 

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