This is an interesting idea from a beer writer in Alabama - the relationship of sucking and beer production:
The internet has once again given us an important topic for discussion: whether or not “that brewery sucks.” My friend Sean Lilly Wilson recently wrote a thought-provoking post bearing that title on the blog of his brewery, Fullsteam. Sean’s main point is that no, in fact, that brewery does not suck. But not everyone will like every beer from every brewery. He was specifically writing about the North Carolina beer scene, but since breweries are popping up all the time now in Alabama, I think the issues he addresses will become increasingly relevant for us here.
I'll admit I am opinionated but generally it is more in the nature of "I don't give a rat's ass" as opposed to "that sucks." Correct me if I am wrong, if I am looking through rose coloured glasses in the mirror when I reflect upon myself - but I sense that I dislike making too much of something more than I join in a pile on crapping on something or other. That includes beer. So, I like the point being made that if you do not care for a session beer or lager it does not mean the brewery sucks. On the other hand, I do not buy the argument that it is awesome either. I don't particularly believe in a beer community and your dream doesn't make you get a bonus from my wallet. I do not believe that people brew from a special passion anymore than they run a bakery, go into accountancy or stay at home to care for a child. Breweries can provide dead end jobs or be a lifesaver. Unhappy brewers can make great beers and all the passion in the world won't save a tone deaf dullard from crushing his soul and ruining his marriage through chasing the doomed dream of making ales and lagers. Life is sorta complex like that.
Look, I'm not writing this just to review well trod ground. What that article really makes me think about is whether there is not a middle point that better states the right balance, the one that recognizes that rare combination of good fortune and hard work that makes for a worthy brew, brewer and brewery. Neither considering either the suckiness nor the awesome but just the goodness beer in itself. What would that look like?