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Old 12-05-2012, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Does it amaze you at how many breweries are terrible at making beer?

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I live in RI.
There are a few breweries and brewpubs in the RI area.
For the most part, they make bad beer.
I feel as though most of the homebrewers in the area I know make really good beer and most of the commercial sites make bad beer.
I know it's all subjective, but is this an issue of commercial places trying to make commercial beer? Or brewers that just have no f****ing idea how to make a good brew? What's the deal?

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:19 AM   #2
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Well I will agree with you that RI makes bad beer. RI also happens to be the new england sh!t hole underdog state. They make weiners though.

But a surprisingly high number of MA breweries are bad. And there are no CT breweries... It (the scene) is all in NY and VT and NH and ME. Don't ask me why.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:21 AM   #3
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Not at all. A lot of breweries are in it to make money and as such its not super surprising that a lot of startups don't really understand the craft beer market.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:57 AM   #4
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Brewing is an art. It's a skill that takes a good deal of practice and refining your technique.

Just because you can afford the most expensive golf clubs, doesn't make you Arnold Palmer. I've had homebrews ( My own and others ) that I would rate above many brewpub offerings.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:59 AM   #5
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Also it's all a bit subjective in the first place, I guess.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:20 AM   #6
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Why would you be amazed? Look how many restaraunts make bad food. Quality is always rare. That said the breweries that last for any length of time usually make good beer.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:28 AM   #7
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I don't know that I'd say that the breweries near me make bad beer, but I was almost shocked the first time I tasted some professional beers and immediately thought "these taste just like the beers I make." I don't know if that's an indictment on my brewing or theirs.

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:35 AM   #8
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Mediocrity will always survive. That being said, I hope excellence will thrive. McDonalds survives for the simple fact that people know exactly what they are going to get... it doesn't matter if you are in Boston or LA your BigMac will be the same. People that take risks sometimes fail. People that want to make money on the "idea" of craft beer will not take risks. Some people thrive on risk, but often the perceived risk is higher than the actual risk because the person undertaking the risk has sufficient skill to reduce the overall risk.

What I am trying to say is that some people can't afford to take the risk to produce something truly sublime. Often, great beer isn't cheap to make. A failed batch or three of expensive beer is something a small scale start-up simple can't afford. There, they plod along in mediocrity. It is up to us as consumers and beer ambassadors to help educate the public (in a non-pretentious manor) about what has merit. I wish you good luck in your quest for good local beer. However, please keep trying the small start up and support your local beer establishment. Maybe you should start a joint?

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Old 12-05-2012, 05:41 AM   #9
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The bigger the brewery, the better they are at making beer that the masses want.
Good beer is a matter of taste. To be big, they make beer that large numbers of people want. The large numbers of people want beer that many of us would not like. Bland, lacking distinct favor and character, by our standards.
We are not typical beer lovers or everyone would be homebrewing.

You will never see Black Butte being sold by the truckload at a Nascar event.

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Old 12-05-2012, 06:51 AM   #10
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I agree I have been very underwhelmed by much of the local offerings here. I ask myself the same question as to why. These guys are pros and have access to the same information I do so what gives. It boggles my mind.

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