Don’t Fuss

I’m sure everyone has seen the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial slamming craft beer, and in turn it’s drinkers. In case you haven’t you can see it below.

Over night responses from brewers and fans a like began to pop up from mocking videos to a plethora of pumpkin peach ales. Here are a couple of the videos.

This really brought out the extreme opinions on each side of the argument about craft beer vs. mainstream beer. That’s something that I really try not to get involved in because I think each beer has it’s positives and place in American culture. Considering it all comes down to personal taste it’s really hard to say what is better anyway.

The whole debate made me think more about craft beer, and brewing craft beer. When Budweiser says “It’s not brewed to be fussed over” I think they are right to some degree. The more and more I drink craft beer the less and less I care about how “perfect” it is. I fully respect the people that try to brew beers as close to a specific style as they can get or enter their beers in competitions, but that’s just not for me.

I started getting a bit too wrapped up in figuring out what style my recent chocolate covered cherry beer would be. That’s when I decided that I don’t really care. It’s going to be a beer and, hopefully, it’s going to be a good beer.

I’m proud to say that I don’t brew my beer to be fussed over. I don’t brew my beer to be judged. The only judgement I care about is when someone sits down at my bar, pours a glass, has a taste, and says, “That’s a good beer”. To me the average craft beer drinker, or more importantly macro beer convert, enjoying my beer means more to me than any amount of first place ribbons a competition could give.

So to you I say, drink what you like and brew what you want to drink.



3 thoughts on “Don’t Fuss”

  1. That’s so true. I’ve tried all the beers you have brewed. While not all have been “good” beers to me and my taste preferences they still are all good beers because you took the time to brew them.

  2. Mike you enjoy it, it’s a hobby and you make some good shit. The big brewries are pissed because the craft beers are taking their profit share.

    1. Yeah, they are pretty upset about losing market share to the craft beers. But I also agree with not fussing over beer and not dissecting it. I think sometimes people get way too caught up in trying to decide if beers perfectly fit a style, or if they can pick out each specialty grain used, or trying to figure out what hops are in it, and they don’t really just enjoy a good beer. Maybe that is enjoyable to them, but to me I just don’t really care about the intricacies of the end product. Like I said, even if my beer did win an award I don’t think I’d care much as long as the people that drink it enjoy it. That’s the award to me. 🙂

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