Apologies if posted elsewhere...
1st comment .. someone seems a bit upset:
The whole appreciation of craft beer has sadly turned into a Frankenstein monster. Everyoneís an expert.
What particularly galls me is a beer drinker/critic who "analyzes" a beer, usually with all its "faults" and then has to immediately post on ratebeer or beeradvocate to roundly criticize the beer because it doesnít meet the artificial style guidelines created by a bunch of geeks from Colorado.
Here you have a brewer who has put himself in debt or near debt, worked hard to create a decent product and taken a substantial business risk, only to have some geek post a negative review, using all the tired buzz words, most that he really doesnít understand, but it makes him feel better to slam the product because, after all, he knows.
What about the brewer, brewery personnel or pub owner who has worked hard to get where he is, only to be chastised by a guy who took a 2-day course in beer styles and now can pontificate because of his vast wealth of knowledge?
Hey Mr. Beer Expert. Why not walk in the shoes of the people behind the creation of that beer you donít like, that doesnít meet the high criteria of your "expert" status as a beer critic, ignoring the most important fact of beer enjoyment---taste is subjective.
Of course, when a certain group makes sweeping pronouncements that suddenly, well-established breweries are no longer considered "craft" beer operations because they hooked up with A-B or Miller for better distribution or took a cash infusion for more capacity, that only helps to foster another form of "over analysis syndrome," beer snobism.
Itís not the craft brewers who are causing this ugly part of the industry, itís certain elements of self-serving trade organizations and some beer writers and hanger-ons who promote this stupidity---this snobism, this elitism.
You donít like a beer...maybe I do, but you donít have to make critical grand prouncements and start posting negative reviews as though you know more than the guy whoís put his money where his mouth is.