1. When a limited beer was released it used to be possible to stroll leisurely down to the store, anytime within the first couple of weeks of it being out, and pick up as much as you wanted. Now one has to be monitoring Twitter, Facebook, beeradvocate.com and untappd constantly, and logistical nightmares ensue as plans have to be changed, journey’s have to be made and store owners need to be befriended before one has a hope of even finding a single bottle. It’s taken the joy out of it for me, and I’ve given up.
3. When a cask turned up at a local bar, it wasn’t necessary to arrive within 60 minutes of the tapping to ensure you could get a pint!
4. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I find so many people annoying these days as they impart their new found ‘expertise’ which is shallow, riddled with errors and generally not knowledgeable at ALL. Irritating.
5. Beer is ‘trendy’ – I hate that my ordering of a great beer in a bar seems to automatically illicit moronic responses from bar staff and other patrons as they try to engage me in hipster remarks relating to my wisdom about choosing ‘such a GREAT beer’. Again, irritating.
6. Discernment is being eroded. Far too many ignorant people believe that ALL, new ‘craft’ beer must be great because it’s ‘craft’. NO! Much of it is mediocre and some of it is plain bad. The new found demand also encourages breweries to rush unready, mediocre beer to the market (because it WILL sell regardless), and with that comes quality control issues.
7. With higher demand, prices have climbed.
8. Tyranny of choice.
9. The explosion of great beer into many venues that never used to know about it has led to dreadful problems in terms of their preparation, care and delivery of the beer. Craft beer in frozen glassware, dirty lines, non-rotation of taps, poorly kept beer etc. are symptoms of this. It would be better being restricted to those venues that actually *know* what they are doing.
10. With more people interested in beer, high quality beers are being wasted on the inexperienced. People without the palate and tools to appreciate the very best beer are STARTING on high-end beers without any understanding or grounding in what they are doing. It’s wasted on them. You have to know something about bad beer before you can fully appreciate good beer.