Is Jim Koch mad?

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Hah, just came here to post that article. The opening paragraphs are just painful, this in particular:

Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager about the offerings. Unsatisfied with the answers, Koch complained about the beers so intensely that an employee at the bar teared up. Koch rose from his seat and walked into the keg room, where he started checking freshness dates on his competitors’ kegs.
Not sure what's worse: him throwing a hissy fit over the beer selection, or someone actually "tearing up" about it.

Also this had me partly laughing, partly shaking my head:

Today’s craft-beer industry is highly balkanized and new breweries are much smaller, eclectic, and artisanal, with brands such as Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, Duck-Duck-Gooze, and Blind Pig IPA. In addition to hops, today’s beer nerds crave pedigree and a good story. They want to know what farmer grew which type of hop on what farm, and whether the brewery can be trusted.
Incredible overuse of the word "hipster" as well throughout that article.
 
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the guy did start off fighting the good fight. created a business that eventually challenged the big boys and opened the door for many, many (too many?) people to charge through.

he succeeded, writ large, in much the same way as a lot of entrepreneurs would like.

it's hilarious to me that people hate him. he's a pioneer. this is bashing the Ramones because they aren't punk enough for today's tastes.
 
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the guy did start off fighting the good fight. created a business that eventually challenged the big boys and opened the door for many, many (too many?) people to charge through.

he succeeded, writ large, in much the same way as a lot of entrepreneurs would like.

it's hilarious to me that people hate him. he's a pioneer. this is bashing the Ramones because they aren't punk enough for today's tastes.
"Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager about the offerings. Unsatisfied with the answers, Koch complained about the beers so intensely that an employee at the bar teared up. Koch rose from his seat and walked into the keg room, where he started checking freshness dates on his competitors’ kegs."

Yeah, what a hero.
 
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the guy did start off fighting the good fight. created a business that eventually challenged the big boys and opened the door for many, many (too many?) people to charge through.

he succeeded, writ large, in much the same way as a lot of entrepreneurs would like.

it's hilarious to me that people hate him. he's a pioneer. this is bashing the Ramones because they aren't punk enough for today's tastes.
I don't see many 'stomping' on Koch. Should we continue drinking his beer when there are so many better options just because he was there first?

Tastes have changed. He didn't keep up with the times. He's mad about it.
 
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"Staring at the beer menu, Koch began to criticize the selection. More than half of it, he said, wasn’t worthy of being served—inadvertently insulting the establishment’s owner, who unbeknownst to Koch was sitting next to him. Then Koch interrogated the beer manager about the offerings. Unsatisfied with the answers, Koch complained about the beers so intensely that an employee at the bar teared up. Koch rose from his seat and walked into the keg room, where he started checking freshness dates on his competitors’ kegs."

Yeah, what a hero.
i, for one, am shocked that someone driven enough to build a billion dollar business would be a dick.

SHOCKED i said.
 
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Hah, just came here to post that article. The opening paragraphs are just painful, this in particular:



Not sure what's worse: him throwing a hissy fit over the beer selection, or someone actually "tearing up" about it.

Also this had me partly laughing, partly shaking my head:



Incredible overuse of the word "hipster" as well throughout that article.
I know I care immensely about which farm my beer's hops came from. IMMENSELY.
 
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I know I had to fight back tears when reading about how poor Jim Koch has to resort to making IPAs, Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea to help maintain his billionaire status.

Whatever. I didn't care for SABL 20 years ago either. And while a lot of the current craft beer culture irritates the shit out of me sometimes, for Koch to bitch about it shows a lack of understanding of the market and pretty much the antithesis of the image he originally created for himself. If it pains him so much, he should just sell his stake in BBC to one of the conglomerates and go brew rare limited release lager waelz of specious quality so neckbeards will get all excited.
 
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I don't see many 'stomping' on Koch. Should we continue drinking his beer when there are so many better options just because he was there first?

Tastes have changed. He didn't keep up with the times. He's mad about it.
he should be mad about it. he should be mad at himself for not keeping up if he wants to stay relevant. he said it himself, if he weren't sole shareholder than he would probably have been fired a few times.

i enjoy the new beers, new flavors and new chick with bolt-ons as much as the next guy... but in a tortured kinda way. still with respect for the past and not the overt anger that, it seems, present company notwithstanding, a lot of people have for what was once great.

i'm thinking about it in terms of how Europeans seem to respect tradition. Orval has been around forever... Europeans aren't destroying it as shit beer that hasn't kept up with the times.
 
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A good description of Jim Koch, no?
pretty much, yes

and what is happening/has happened to Sam Adama is happening to Stone now. and Goose Island. and it will happen to (insert new'ish popular brewery) in 10 years and it will happen to (insert nano-brewery of the moment that takes off) in 10 years, etc.

we love it and we cheer it on and we build it up... until we get tired of it.. then we relish in tearing it down, stomping it to bits and pissing on it.... until we yearn for how great things used to be and we bring it back.

wait for the boomerang, Jim! you're almost there!
 

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