Friday, March 29, 2013
We've Come A Long Way Baby!
This week The Ale Runner announced and then confirmed the rumor that we will be seeing Southern Tier enter the Louisiana market. Looks like a possible May release. We also know about New Belgium entering the market this week as well. And of course I still think Lagunitas will be making an appearance this year. I could be wrong and have no sources to back that up but it makes sense considering it's in Texas and Florida.
All of this is pretty wild. When I started this blog five years ago(yeah FIVE years ago) I remember getting excited about Harpoon coming to town and we were super pumped about that new brewery opening up in New Orleans. What was it called again? Oh yeah, NOLA Brewing. And there was this bar that was working on changing from a "dive bar" to a craft beer bar! Look at Avenue Pub now! Man, how things change.
At the first beer tasting we threw there were only like 6 people there. Hell, I couldn't make it because of work. Now when we throw a tasting we can have anywhere from 40-100 people. We used to be super excited when someone brought Stone Brewing beers as well! Crazy.
Our distributor situation back then was stupid. I used to complain regularly on this blog about how they weren't doing enough to bring in craft breweries or promote them. Now? They all have their own special little craft beer division with major players from the craft beer market as employees. Like craft beer A-Teams.
We've come along way since I started The Beer Buddha. I originally started the blog as a way to learn more about craft beer but also promote the craft beer industry in what I considered a craft beer desert at the time. Obviously times have changed and I feel my mission has changed as well. I feel now my purpose is not only to keep promoting craft beer in New Orleans but also to keep the craft beer scene in check. We can't allow those who want to take us into the world of craft beer douchebaggery to do so. They are out there and they are trying. I see it often. Many of us have worked hard to help this craft beer scene grow and we also worked hard to keep the douchebaggery out of it as well.
Beer douchebaggery may work fine in cities like Portland, San Diego, Boston or Philadelphia but New Orleans isn't large enough to handle it. We are a small city and we have a new and fragile scene. Douchebaggery could hurt it. It could turn away new people who may be interested in trying craft beer. We need more craft beer drinkers. The more we have the better the scene will become. Being a douche and acting like craft beer is some sort of hipster inner circle club just hurts us. Those of you being beer douches be ready cause I'll keep ya in check!
We've come a long way since those early days. It's been a fun journey and it will continue to be fun! New Orleans is slowly becoming a beer meccha for the South. We have some work to do but it's definitely coming around!
The Beer Buddha
PS Please note I have no idea if those cities I named are beer douchebag cities. I named them because they are large enough beer cities to handle beer douchebaggery.
Posted by The Beer Buddha at 6:50 AM