All good points from Jeff, Norm, and Tom.
Jeff...it doesn't take much to get me riled about a topic I love (beer).
I was lucky enough to have for a number of years (from 1988 to the late 90's) a local that carried no BMC whatsoever on the multiple taps they had (in fact, they pretty much single handedly pioneered the concept in NJ back then).
They were selective about that despite catering to a mostly college crowd...I can't even count the times I saw groups turn around and leave because there was no Bud Lite on the taps).
I admired them for taking the brave path they took. And to their credit, and thanks to a very forward thinking bar manager (Chris Demitri-R.I.P.---we hardly knew ye!) this hopping little place with great live music managed to turn a lot of comparatively new beer consumers into much more discerning ones.
Norm...what can I say, but you're absolutely right. I couldn't have said it better (and I certainly couldn't have said it more concisely).
Tom...good, lucid points well made (as always).
I was really just playing 'devil's advocate' (again) to some degree and if HopCat is truly
catering to what their customers want, so be it. I think my snarky reaction to their attitude (and the attitude of their customers by extension if they truly
feel the same way) was just an expression of my confusion. Assuming the GI beer remains as good as it is now (and let's not dismiss the possibility that with an improved plant they might even add some better variants to their range), I still don't see why (in the big picture) GI should be punished for their success by an elitist attitude. But hey...maybe I'm alone in feeling that way. I'm ok with that. In any case, there is SO much product out there these days that no one can carry all of it. And in the end, I guess Goose Island won't suffer if one bar thinks they're no longer worthy.
It's all good.
And it is, after all, only beer.