I've read and listened to the stories of sommeliers but it wasn't that they couldn't tell the difference between red and white wine but rather they couldn't tell the difference between an $8 bottle and a $50 bottle. I'm pretty sure most of us could tell the difference between Amber Bock and Celebrator.
Regardless, not sure how many of you were beer drinkers in the early 90's but a very similar situation was happening then that is happening now. Lots of breweries popping up here there and everywhere. Lot's of these people had the dream first of opening a brewery and then learning how to make beer. That bubble burst and most of those breweries that were making sh!tty beer went down the toilette and drug a bunch of the good ones down with them.
Well, the exact same thing is happening again now. People should not start with idea of a brewery but with the passion for crafting beer. way too many people are enamored by the stainless steel tanks and equipment and volume and not enough about the yeast and fermentation and malt and hops.
This has been clear to me for the last year or so. There are people out there that have brewed some beer, think it is great, and want to open a brewery. The beer is flat out bad, and they don't have a clue.
On the other side of the coin, just because you make good, or even really good beer, it does not mean you will be successful.
There are places springing up all around here. Some will not last. Some of the established breweries are expanding, but they have a handle on quality, and will grow more.