Over the last couple of weeks it all seems to have gone a bit mad in the UK beer scene.
There seems to be this really unsavoury undercurrent of sniping, backbiting and a hint of ill feeling between CAMRA, Brewers and Bloggers.
Everyone seems to have forgotten they all share something in common, something very special…they are all, first and foremost… beer lovers. I know people can get heated when they are passionate…
I’ve seen all sorts of claims from CAMRA saving British brewing to all but destroying it, bloggers being the future and shaping the industry to being a bunch of noisome nuisances and from brewers intent on causing trouble to those quietly getting on with brewing excellent beer.
I even read somewhere that if it hadn’t been for Guinness that we wouldn’t have stout today!
I sure this sort of madness goes on in other beer loving countries but I’ll be surprised if it’s actually healthy??!
I’m a CAMRA member this doesn’t automatically mean I agree with everything they say or do, I’m also a Brewdog drinker and the same goes for them, if it was all so clear cut then surely I’d have to be one or the other.
I started drinking beer because I liked the taste, I loved the choice available to me and that there was a huge world of new and interesting beers to discover. I started blogging to keep a record of what I was drinking and to hopefully promote some of the beers and breweries I liked, more importantly I blogged because it was fun. As it happens blogging has lead to more than that, I’ve met loads of new people and had many a great time out supping and discussing beer with people, heck I’ve even got some free beer out of it, which is nice, but not everything…
The last couple of weeks the fun has dwindled and I’ve not been enjoying seeing all the fighting and arguing, most of it seems quite childish, so if I don’t blog as much over the coming weeks then you know why.
Just for my 2 pence worth I’d like to see CAMRA listen to the masses, embrace a little bit of change and see how it goes!
I’d like bloggers to get back to blogging about having fun and drinking good beer, blogging about what they love (and don’t) and keeping the personal touch on their blogs.
I’d like brewers to keep brewing interesting drinkable ale and providing it in which ever form of dispense they think best suits the beer.
I’d like Brewdog to grow up, stop the sniping and concentrate on getting their house in order before throwing stones, back in the day I looked up and admired you guys but the last wee while I’ve all but given up.
Most of all I’d like everyone to step back, take a deep breath, grab a beer and enjoy the moment, life is to short for all these politics (and shit beer)