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    Filed at 4:30 am under by dcobranchi

    It’s not often that the NYT opines on my favorite malt beverage. This Op/Ed by a craft brewer is pretty good. I’d argue, though, with this sentence:

    If we truly want to restore the vibrant beer culture that flourished in this country before Prohibition, craft brewers need to retain the values and goals — creating beers that are flavorful, interesting to drink and made from proper beer ingredients — that put us on the map in the first place.

    If he means that craft brewers ought to stick to some American version of the German purity laws, bah! I don’t often go for fruit or spiced beers, but they are a significant chunk of the craft brew market. And they help to make that market so interesting.

    So, here’s to you, craft brewers. Bottom’s up!

    3 Responses to “MMMMM, BEER”

    Comment by
    October 19th, 2007
    at 8:52 am

    Bavarian ales often have fruit in them, so I don’t think the remark was aimed at fruit or spices. I think it was aimed at rice, which the big brewers use to reduce cost.

    Comment by
    October 19th, 2007
    at 11:53 am

    I might agree with COD on the rice issue, but my first thought had more to do with the malt beverages being produced that are nothing like beer, the alcopops like Mike’s Hard Lemonade or Bacardi Breezers.

    Comment by
    October 19th, 2007
    at 8:37 pm

    I’m with you on that one. If you can make a good beer using Jalepenos, grape jelly, and Doritos, then I say damn the traditionalists; go ahead and do it.