Beers: Saison and IPA
Brewery: Bad Water Brewing
Style: Saison, IPA
ABV: 6 percent, 5.5 percent
Imagine, for a minute, that you've traveled back to the first time you tried craft beer. You've spent most of your legal drinking age years (and maybe a few before) throwing back cans of mass-produced lager created to ferment as quickly as possible with as little flavor as possible, but your friend convinced you to try out this new local brewery down the road. Reluctantly, you tag along, fork over what seems to you an outrageous price for a glass of beer, and take a sip. It's thin, overcarbonated, maybe a little metallic. Not bad, per se, but not very different from what you normally drink, and way more expensive. Back to the mass-produced stuff you go.
During his remarks at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference on April 8, Brewers Association president Paul Gatza voiced concerns that, with many new brewers entering the market with little experience and inferior product, the scenario above could become common.
"With so many brewery openings, the potential is there for things to start to degrade on the quality side, and we wouldn't want that to color the willingness of the beer drinker to try new brands," Gatza says. "If a beer drinker has a bad experience, they are just going to go back to companies they know and trust."More »