With all this week's disagreement about craft beer events being held in strip bars, I wonder if it illustrates a reality about the road US craft industry has taken us all for a couple of decades. I tweeted Zak at the Olympic Tavern just now to ask "...does "craft" still need to be one big hug or can people not have irreconcilable differences?" Isn't it OK that I think strip bars are for creeps and pervs and that I am quite fine personally taking a pass on breweries who book events at them while, at the same time, others are quite happy to boycott a brewery associated with someone who makes broad brush ill-considered accusations? Me? I am happy - delighted even - to see Jeff and Pete going at each other over the UK election. Fingery pointingly. Somethings like that actually matter a lot. Good beer doesn't. Really.
So why must it all be under one flag? I can think of one reason, the financial efficiency of herding everyone into one big decontextualized amoral corral in which beer is served. Is that all there is in this? I mean I presume there are Jays and Yanks fans who like the same good beer I do - but the Jays and Yanks still suck.