The obsession with new/weird brews
"I was recently at a new brewery with great beer and a solid, varied list -- a helles, a Pils, a few IPAs, a rye pale, a nitro milk stout, and a Russian imperial stout seemed to be the flagships. A friend stared up at the chalkboard menu and said with seeming disappointment, 'Wow, they don't change up the list here much, do they?'
"The brewery in question does, in fact, often have small-batch runs, but on this weekday before Christmas they were down to their more-than-basics regular beers. I was dismayed. Why is only the latest and greatest of interest anymore? New and weird is fun, for sure, but we have to remember to appreciate good beer where it is." -- Sara Bozich, writer, SaraBozich.com