I have known Troy Burtch a long time. Well before he was with Ontario's (not Ohio's) Great Lakes Brewing, I got to know him when he was an early Ontario beer blogger and then while a staffer at TAPS! magazine. I was there in 2011 when he slept in a UHaul trailer at Beau's Octoberfest when the rain soaked and temperatures were dipping down to freezing. While I do not get to Canada's second city of Toronto very much these days, I am comforted knowing Troy is doing the good work. He is a proud beer worker and, being a proud beer worker, Troy posted this on Facebook this morning.
Just had a great conversation with an old school bar owner that I sell beer to. He wondered why his order didn't get delivered yesterday. Driver showed up and the account didn't have a cheque (from previous order) to give him. I instructed driver not to deliver. Bar owner mad. Says its bullshit. Should be able to get multiple orders without paying. Says brewery X gives me $10,000 a year. Brewery Y gave me 15 kegs up front and bought patio furniture. Brewery Z gave me $15,000 to redecorate. Other small breweries provide keg deals. And GLB gave/gives me absolutely nothing and demands payment for orders...and this is why we only go through one keg a week. This job ain't all sunshine folks.
I love it. I love their junket-free rule, too. In a world where it still is apparently alright to throw up ones hands and declare that there is no point improving things, where wisdom is sought from the well trained PR spin doctor, where folk exclaim that there is no point expecting a higher standard that might actual satisfy - that it is just the way things are... in that world we have Troy and GLB and their lovely no graft policy. I love buying their beer. I shall buy even more now. And I will pay for the pleasure.
And that is how the new A Good Beer Blog Seal of Approval* process works. You earn it the old fashioned way.
*Some ugly that logo, eh? Gotta see if I can make it uglier.