Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione, the poster boy for the American craft beer movement, has issued a warning of sorts via BeerAdvocate, cautioning the site’s followers that for the sake of all that’s holy about beer produced by small independent breweries, beer-geek-on-beer-geek hating must stop. The dispatch was in response to an ongoing thread about which craft breweries are the most overrated.
As he often does, Calagione argues that while the craft beer niche has grown exponentially in recent years, it’s still an extremely narrow segment when compared to global beer Goliaths like AB InBev and MillerCoors. And as those giants continue to consolidate, the craft brewing movement gets increasingly fragile. Backbiting and infighting among the movement’s diehards on boards like BeerAdvocate’s only serve to undermine craft brewing and its advances in recent years. Calagione calls on the site's followers to put their personal preferences aside and support the movement as whole. We'd suggest settling the infighting over a beer, but then that might just lead to more arguments about hop varieties or yeast strains or whatever.