A month ago I wrote a post about the decline of craft beer and how I thought that the bursting of the craft beer bubble, that many predicted for years, had finally arrived. I ultimately didn’t publish the post because I didn’t want to be another one of those negative nelly bloggers writing about the impending doom of craft beer and well to be honest mostly because I didn’t want to seem like a jackhole when I was wrong. I now realize that I wasn’t wrong I was just putting too broad of a stroke on my brush and craft beer is in decline, for me.
It started in 2015 when I started to revisit older beers I’ve hadn’t had in a while and I found myself lowering my untappd score of beers I was checking in. Then I realized that tropical fruit beers became my thing and I started to lose the ability to detect tropical fruit flavors in beer because they just became part of what a good beer should be. Its like describing what chocolate tastes like, it tastes good and chocolatey I couldn’t describe to you the nuances of chocolate I just know its good. It’s in that loss ability to discern subtleties in beer that I realize I can now only tell good beer from bad beer, see I’ve consumed so much beer over the years that the Stone IPA or Lagunitas IPA that I loved in 2010 was just ehhh beer now. My beer fatigue has taken a firm grip on my palate and I’m starting to lose interest in the hunt for better, new, fresh and innovative IPAs.
With that said, I have just come off of a two-week break from beer and when I came back to beer, flavor popped, beer was bright and I could detect every hint of goodness locked in that bottle but then again I was drinking Stone Ruinten, one hell of a beer. So maybe what I needed to combat my beer fatigue was just a break from it, something to let my senses realign and shift away from the onslaught of good beer I was having. Maybe this renewing of beer vows will be short-lived, I’m not sure, but I do know one thing, I love craft beer and I will continue to drink it, buy it, and brew it but maybe with little less of a fervor than before.
Am I the only one that has experienced this? If you have please let me know by leaving a comment below and maybe we can start a support group or something and cry together in the tears of first world problems.