A couple of points. First, the main thrust of this topic is not aimed at the hobby. As hobbyists, we can and do brew anything we like, especially things we can't find commercially. That's at the heart of it. Second, gatekeeping can take different forms, and can be used to thwart the market forces mentioned. The demand of a majority of consumers can be subordinated to the interests of a minority, and more importantly distributors and third party influencers, who have found it possible to profit in the short term from maintaining constant publicity and frenzy for novelty among a few consumers, some of whom are not even, as has been mentioned, particularly interested in the product, just the associated circuses. Producers themselves are often frustrated by being unable to produce products either they want to make or their majority -- potentially growth -- market desire, as they are obliged to cater to marketers rather than markets. There's been much discussion in recent years of the imbalance of power in the 3 tier system and between it and consumers. This is another aspect.