Check out this link to a Better Beer Authority interview with the founder of Dogfish Head.
Sam talks about the Beer Advocate stir up in January, that involved some bashing of DFH, Sam Adams, and some other “over-rated” breweries. My quick thoughts on that, in case you missed it: the “Beer Advocates” doing the bashing were basically targeting the high costs being charged by breweries who are presumably large enough to undersell other craft breweries. Jim Koch, owner of Sam Adams released a statement called “The Paradox of Popularity“, where he justifies the higher costs being due to the use of increasingly better ingredients, better quality, etc. Kind of like the slogan for Papa Johns pizza… Anyway, I mostly agree, but I prefer the simpler method of how Sam Calogione relates it to the wine industry. Like, I’d rather pay $13 for a beer scientifically reconstructed from a far away time and place – or from ingredients I had previously never known existed – than for an average bottle of wine. That’s just me, though.
Also, Sam will be the new Chairman of the Brewer’s Association Board of Directors. So for the next two years, the beer world is bound to get a lot more interesting.