Thursday, October 7, 2010
To review or not review, that is the question.
After finishing up my last post I decided to have a beer that my girlfriend bought recently. I put it in a nice glass and was about to set up the bottle to take a pic for a beer review as I usually do, but unfortunately I tasted it and changed my mind. This beer is from a microbrewery in the pacific northwest that is still trying to make an impact in the craft beer world. I am a huge proponent of supporting microbrewers and with that being said I find it hard to give negative feedback on any brewery that makes craft ales. Getting to my point, the beer was bad, not I wouldn't drink this beer if I was on stranded island bad, it was just really off in so many ways. So here is the dilemma, should I still review the beer and give negative press (assuming more than 20 people actually give any credit to my reviews) or do I ignore this beer and just focus on supporting those beers that can actually give craft beer a good name. I realize that last week I gave some poor reviews of Unibroue beers, but they are a larger company and I did say that poor storage of the beer thanks to Trader Joe's more than likely was the reason for it's poor taste. Even though I am not a practicing Buddhist, I am a firm believer in karma and with the hope and dream of someday opening my own brewery, I wouldn't want some shmuck giving me a poor review. I started this blog to educate and promote beer and brewers that not many people may have heard of. I realize that if I did anything to negatively impact a hardworking brewer, I don't know if I could take myself or this blog seriously. So what should I do? What would you do?