The response to the post about the ethics of running a series of posts for a fee has been interesting - and, shockingly, far more civil that then outburst of Engerlander finger pointy hand baggery over at Taking the Beard Out of Beer today. It's as if they don't know that being in a beer community means you just don't say certain things? It starts out so innocently:
But when I got to the BrewDog page I was so incensed by their comments I actually chucked the book down in disgust. I don't think I need to go into why BrewDog do what they do, I think we're all familiar with their shock tactic methods by now, but it's one thing to thumb your nose at authority and it's another to tell outright lies. The comment, photographed right, is simply outrageous, the UK brewing industry closed? Yeah, ok lads...
Whaaattt?!?!? "Lies"??!??! "Outrage"??!??!?! Oh, misery. Oh, calamity. What has happened to our happy house where we all agree, we all get along?
Frankly, what annoys me the most is knowing that all the people in the conversation or at least most of them make money from the beer trade one way or another. It sure would help me a hell of a lot if I could get a sort of guide to the various interests at play that are not being admitted, the cheques that are cashed as we follow along with the allegations and counter charges. Perhaps someone can prepare a fully annotated version with a flow chart.
God forbid that people should have different experiences. When folk in the future suggest the best beer thinking comes from "pros" I will have to pull out this wee chestnut for review.