Andy Rooney

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    In issue #113 (No More Excuses) we proclaimed that there are no more excuses for brewers who are making bad beer. There are a plethora of resources to help them sharpen their skills and become more competitive in today’s aggressive beer market.

    It goes both ways. There are no more excuses for consumers to be ignorant, either. We’re not talking about becoming an expert, but rather getting informed with the basics and understanding beer and the core brewing process. Because let’s face it, the internet is littered with misinformed beer geeks.

    And while the solutions might seem obvious, sometimes things need repeating. So with that, here are a few tips to help. We know they work, because it’s how BeerAdvocate got started back in 1996.

    Read and Write
    Research the brewers and beers you enjoy. Twenty years ago, that took some effort. Today, most breweries have a website with descriptions of their beers. Learn more about who they are and the intentions behind their beers. Pick up a publication to extend your reading to every facet of beer and its rich culture. Take notes on some of the beers you try, too. It’s one of the best ways to not only get to know a beer, but to discover what you like and dislike, and why.

    Find a Community
    Seek out local beer clubs for tastings and bottle shares or geek out with an online community where you’ll meet like-minded people who share your mutual respect for beer.

    Homebrew
    It’s not for everyone, but a hands-on approach to the brewing process will teach you more about beer styles and what a truly bad beer is (we’ve all been there, and learned from it). You’ll appreciate brewers on a whole new level. Need a push? Connect with local homebrew clubs for a more social approach or simply brew with a friend.

    Remember: knowing is half the battle.

    Respect Beer.
     
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    Please don’t get us wrong. We love a good Gose. Honest. The German-born, malted wheat-based ale made with the addition of coriander, salt, and Lactobacillus bacteria is a beautiful thing when done well. Lemony tart, salty, herbal, and delicious. But these days, Goses are seemingly flooding the market and have become almost as gimmicky as the endless India Pale Ale variations that currently dominate. Too many brewers seem intent on cashing in on the style by throwing the kitchen sink at it and slapping some hipster branding and a pun on every batch. But fortunately, unlike IPAs, Gose isn’t dominated by some of the sameness that often results from hop-driven beers.

    Seriously. We feel like we’re listening to Private Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue talk about shrimp inForrest Gump again. “Anyway. Like I was sayin’. Salt is the fruit of the beer. You have Cranberry Gose, Blackberry Gose, Watermelon Gose, Spruce Gose. There’s, um, Traditional Gose, Rhubarb Gose, Strawberry Rhubarb Gose. There’s Pineapple Gose, Funky Gose, Cherry Gose, Apricot Gose, Guava Gose, Passionfruit Gose, Orange Gose, Blood Orange Gose, Hibiscus Gose, Grapefruit Gose, Lime Gose, Prickly Pear Gose, Pineapple Bacon Gose, Dry-Hopped Gose, Preserved Lemon Gose, Barrel-Aged Gose, Coconut Gose, Smoked Gose, Ginger Gose, Blueberry Gose, Dragonfruit Gose. That, that’s about it.”

    The creativity is insane. And unlike the IPA, Gose needed this revival. The style all but disappeared from commercial brewing several times during the last century. That said, while its triumphant return is most welcome, we’d love to see more brewers offering a traditional Gose, too.

    Respect Beer.
     
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    Am I the only one who also feels that Anthony Bourdain was also correct when he said that 80% (or so) of craft breweries suck?

    God I miss Andy Rooney
     
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    Chris Lohring, Notch Brewing’s founder and brewer, recently made some observations on today’s beer and brewing culture that we simply couldn’t ignore. In particular, he mentioned that “we have created a culture that has sucked the fun out of beer.” Sure, his words might sound exaggerated on the surface, and beer is still fun, but he makes some good points, so we’re sharing them here along with a few of our own.

    • Drinking beer has become a morbidly anti-social game (see The Gamification of Beer in issue #101).
    • Instead of following their own minds and palates, individuals let ratings and groupthink dictate their consumption habits.
    • A handful of styles dominate the discussion, while traditional, more nuanced, and creative styles get ignored.
    • Scarcity, hype and price have been equated with quality.
    • Special releases, muling, hoarding and inflated values have created a secondary market full of scumbags who are ready to take advantage of you.
    • Wasting the better part of a day standing in line to get a bottle or a taste of rare beer has become the norm.
    • Trading has turned into a faux-value game and is less about sharing.
    • People now embrace being a beer snob (i.e. an elitist asshole), and trolling brewers and consumers has become a sport.
    • Entitlement has created a legion of blamers, whiners and complainers who want everything handed to them, right now, or they’ll throw a temper tantrum online and you’ll all be sorry.

    None of the above sounds like fun to us.

    Chris also stated that “brewers have created the consumer they deserve.” We couldn’t agree more. We’re all to blame though, from brewers to consumers and everyone in between. And it’s our collective responsibility to create a better beer culture by challenging ourselves, having those hard discussions about our community, naming names and remaining open to constructive criticism.

    It’s time to put the fun back into beer.

    Respect Beer.
     
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    I'll take that as a compliment