Hoppy beer is awful—or at least, its bitterness is ruining craft beer’s reputation. - Slate Magazine
No. I’m sorry, but this is wrong.
Seven paragraphs into this poorly-researched article, the author says:
Let’s be clear: Not all craft beer is hoppy. There are many craft breweries that seek to create balanced, drinkable beers that aren’t very bitter at all, like Patrick Rue’s the Bruery in Placentia, Calif., and the Commons Brewery in Portland, Ore. Among the non-hoppy yet complex and delicious American craft beers available are Widmer’s hefeweizen, New Glarus’ cherry and raspberry beers, and Full Sail Brewing’s Session Lager (a beer specifically developed to serve as a refreshing counterpoint to overhopped beers). America’s independent breweries make beers to suit every palate, not just the ones that revel in bitterness.
Yeah, so the entire premise of the headline is disproven by the author, but somehow Slate thought this was still worth publishing. That’s lazy and should be an embarrassment for both writer and editor.
There are plenty of craft beers that aren’t hop-forward, like Mama’s Little Yella Pils from Oskar Blues, Lagunitas PILS, and Coney Island Lager. There are literally dozens of browns, stouts, and wheat beers that feature malt and yeast instead of hops. The first craft beer I ever had, when I was in college and convinced that all beer was Budweiser was St. Rogue’s Red Ale, from Rogue brewing.
A more accurate and actually useful article might be headlined Think All Craft Beer Is Too Hoppy? Think Again.
Also? Don’t insinuate that my IPAs are ruining craft beer. You don’t like them, fine, I don’t care. We all have different tastes, no one is inherently right or wrong, to each their own. Feel free not to buy IPAs or hoppy beer, and please feel free to enjoy the not-so-hoppy selections the article (and Wil) mentioned. I certainly will; my taste in beer includes but is not limited to the hoppy side.
But to say hoppiness is “ruining” craft beer? No. It’s not. Just because your taste is different from mine, doesn’t mean my type of beer is ruining all of it. Vilifying my tastes while insinuating it’s ruining all craft beer is disrespectful and wrong. “To each their own” goes both ways.