I have a wide range of options in my area but I have absolutely gone into small craft brewpubs and found myself scratching my head over what to get. I generally do not brew stouts, IPAs or Belgians so right there I could be in trouble at a brewpub. I also generally dislike "gimmick beers" like the ones mentioned in the OP. Hey, how about a nice American Pale Ale? They're getting hard to find. I walked into a place once and there were 10-12 beers on tap. Every one of them looked like a gimmick and every one of them was 8% or more. I was in another place that was similar but wait, what's this? A Mexican Dark Lager named something like El Varon Viejo (old man?). Oh, it's 9.7%... forget it. I see dry hopped pilsners, a never-ending river of citrusy IPAs and IIPAs, whacked-out stouts and funky Belgians and for those reasons I am very happy I brew my own... mostly Helles, Pilsner, Viennas, Festbiers, Dunkels, Bocks, etc.