Meh, I have no puppet master. We all control our own destiny. Make our own choices. And, lets be really careful not to let this delve into a political discussion. I really appreciate it!
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My lagers don't take as long as my Kolsch does.
I've spent the last couple months trying all the locals here in VT and there are a crapton of them. Happily none of them were terrible. certainly a lot of unremarkable stuff with a few highlights and one or two that I didn't finish. My main kvetch with the craft brew movement right now is that I can get any kind of IPA that I can imagine but finding a really good wit beer is nigh unto impossible (Keith's beer being an exception there)Agreed, although for me replace witbier with dunkel/marzen/helles or mild/bitter/60-. Once the IPA craze ebbs a bit, these brewers are going to need some chops beyond brewing the most extreme thing they can think of. As much as I like to try all the new stuff, once I've had a flight at a brewery I need something that I can settle in on for a session or else I won't be rushing back. I've had too many beers billed as "Octoberfest" that are ester-bombs and obviously brewed at ale temps with either the house ale strain or 2112. A brewery that can put out solid lagers will have an easier time gaining traction with the BMC crowd and will stand out from the crowd once the gowth curve of craft beer starts to flatten out.