i'm not sure what they figure they gain by beating up on homebrewers.Yeah, but The Brewing Network consistently insults homebrewers and talks about how terrible homebrew is, and homebrewers seem to eat that up.
That hasn't been my experience with the Brewing Network.
Other than the AHA, I don't think anyone has done more to advance homebrewing that the Brewing Network. Are they a little childish and immature at times? Yes. But, with the help of AHA members; Jamil, Mike McDole, John Palmer, and Nathan Smith they have provide countless numbers of homebrewers with valuable tips to improve homebrewing and the homebrewing community. I generally tune out all of the stupid jokes and childish antics and listen for the technical info. My homebrewing has vastly improved since joining the AHA AND listening to the BN.
Edit: Plus they have provided homebrewers who otherwise wouldn't have a meeting place or a club due to their location a place to meet and discuss homebrewing topics.