Thursday, February 11, 2010

subject to litigation

I may be fairly new to the craft beer world and the wonderful community it encompasses, but in the few years I have been living in the beer community, warmth and camaraderie has reigned.

Until now.

I am extremely disturbed and disappointed by the recent rash of bickering and litigation over craft beer names and the rights of the brewer who brews them. In over a decade of personal interests and business, I learned quick that far more is accomplished in a long-term happy manner through understanding and collaberation. For a tight-nit community which has struggled through so much "big boy" opposition (amongst a gazillion other obstacles we still face), to now find them acting like the "big boys" they supposedly detest is unsettling to say the least. Where did all the camaraderie go? Relax. Have a beer. Talk about it.

Everything good that has happened to/with/around me in the last few years has been in some way thanks to beer. Beer is beautiful. Let us not ruin that beauty with selfish arguments and petty insecurities. It may sound corny, it may sound old-fashioned, but the greatest truths in life are the simplest ones:

Can't we all just get along?

(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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