Using "crushable" as an adjective to describe beer
"We need to get rid of 'crushable' as a catch-all term to describe a tasty beer. There's a wide array of linguistic possibilities waiting to be unleashed in its place. 'Crushable' is not far off from 'smooth,' its soulless cousin in wordplay, which makes it sound like the beer should be consumed for the sake of it being a non-life-threatening liquid. I love it when we have the opportunity to get more inventive and descriptive, and 'crushable' is too much of an easy way out." -- Bryan Roth, writer, This Is Why I'm Drunk
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