while i understand the superfluous "people can drink what they want and brew what they like" comments, i have a beef with lame styles like this that stick around because we've had decades now of craft beer development. we should have jettisoned the lame crap.
I must be missing something, because I do not understand what there is to have a beef about. Don't like it? Don't buy it. That simple.
I hate licorice, and so I do not buy it. Other people love it, and so they buy it. It would be silly if I ranted against licorice because I do not care for it.
its totally selfish on my part because i have beer tastes that are not trendy or common among the mainstream, but im saying that the market is flooded with garbage and the average person with an a college education does drink craft beer, but they do it with the same uncritical tastebuds that made people consume NAILs for decades.
as i've said repeatedly, there was a shift between the mid 2000s to early 2010s where selection of good and great beer (that i personally liked) was improving while simultaneously prices on average were increasing with some extreme high outlier prices popping up too ie. $25 750ml "special beer" bottles.
between the mid 2010s when all this fruity, sour and DDH crap started coming out shelf space for the beers i relied on has disappeared drastically while prices continued to climb hugely.
beer in 2021 is way overpriced and majorly crap. a problem unique to my location is that the govt beer and liquor stores (who regulate even what supermarkets can sell btw) decided to "support" ontario craft brewers, the problem is that they completely suck. they get a guaranteed govt shelf space and dont even try to make a decent product. the beer i can choose from is basically
1. "cheap" imported german/polish/czech pale lager-pils-helles ($2.40 per 500ml can) - this is what i buy when i dont have any homebrew
2. canadian average craft beer (very inconsistent, though i admit there are a few i find acceptable - $3.25 - $4 per 500ml can)
a. hazy IPAs
b. "cream ales"
c. session ales
d. craft lagers
e. fruit/sour crap noticing a pattern? -max IBU 35, all pale, "approachable"
3. canadian "premium" craft - same as above but add DDH, higher abv DIPAs, and higher price.
4. very small choice of american IPAs basically founders all-day, voodoo ranger and SNPA. thats it. ($3.45+ per 500ml)
5. volatile selection of about 4 different english bitters, often simply sold out, and it gets boring drinking these ones over and over again. theyre nothing special. ($2.50)
6. NAILs and discount beer (still minimum $2 per 500ml)
7. macro "premium" - heineken/carlsberg/guinness/etc
unibroue is mysteriously gone from ontario shelf spaces, you cant get it other than fin du monde, and that is hard to find and expensive (edit: sapporo in fact does have a share in the beerstore corp.)
i know people here seem to get upset when i am very critical of the beer industry, but i have the right to do so (despite the fact that im shouting alone in the dark here) and the situation is really grim here when it used to be really good.