When did craft beer jump the shark?

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CaptainCougar
beers 7634 º places 142 º 18:22 Tue 1/10/2012

I’m curious to know what role distributors and importers have had in the price increases. I know there are several limited release beers that come to the DC/MD/VA area which are marked up much higher than other neighboring markets, and the markups span all the stores in the area (e.g. Hopslam), so I’m assuming it happens on the distributor level. I’m all about supporting brewers and their products, but I don’t believe in supporting an industry that has thrived on state laws and lobbyists keeping it in place (three tier system), especially when distributors and/or importers have exclusive rights to certain beers, and provide nothing unique to the industry.

FWIW, I’ve been on this site for close to 10 years now and have seen my own habits change from initially only buying beers that were rated highly here (the main reason I joined RateBeer) to seeking out every new beer I could find, trading and traveling included, to now realizing that there is little correlation between rarity or price and beer quality. I’ve found myself appreciating more of the old standbys that still retail for respectable prices and getting back into homebrewing more, which is what I was doing before I found RateBeer. I still enjoy trying new beers when they show up at the local store, but thankfully my smartphone allows me to perform a cost-benefit analysis of which ones are worth me purchasing (thank you RateBeer ratings !).

 
xmarcnolanx
beers 945 º places 2 º 21:36 Sat 2/25/2012

I vote for me!

 
BrewCrusader
beers 3 º 18:35 Sun 2/26/2012

All of the uber-expensive beers make me laugh. I can get a 750ml Rodenbach Grand Cru for 8 bucks. I’m not spending $40 on a sour beer that isn’t really any better.

 
dionysus
beers 1486 º places 11 º 18:45 Sun 2/26/2012

Originally posted by BrewCrusader
All of the uber-expensive beers make me laugh. I can get a 750ml Rodenbach Grand Cru for 8 bucks. I’m not spending $40 on a sour beer that isn’t really any better.


It’s not really fair to compare the beer cost of an established sour/lambic house like cantillon, 3font, etc. to a newer brewery. If it’s a new brewery, they have a lot of overhead. If it’s an existing brewery that is deciding to play with the style, the majority of time they will purchase a separate facility just to house their expansion and play around without risking their "bread and butter" beers.

 
JCW
beers 1279 º places 152 º 18:55 Mon 2/27/2012

When everything became Imperial, Barrel Age, Quad, Triple, highest ABV, extreme everything, craft beer jumped the shark.

 
Quafferous
19:21 Mon 2/27/2012

Whether is has or not - I say cheers! And Happy Days...to all

 
kryptic
19:49 Mon 2/27/2012

I’ve been drinking the $2.99 Smuttynose bombers that one of the local stores has had on closeout for the last couple weeks.


 
aaronrockies
23:23 Mon 2/27/2012

Originally posted by pepsiedcan



He lived jumping the but tragically Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli met his demise in 1996 when he was brutally stabbed to death in the hit movie scream his last words were"AHHHHHHH"

He was 51 years old

Aaron from Breckenridge

 
Erlangernick
beers 6 º places 2 º 23:29 Mon 2/27/2012

Originally posted by JCW
When everything became Imperial, Barrel Age, Quad, Triple, highest ABV, extreme everything, craft beer jumped the shark.


When people (marketeers) started calling it "craft" beer.