I was reading a blog post recently that started with this image:
That’s a rather large line of people waiting for a release at Hill Farmstead in Vermont. I believe it was for their tripple IPA. I’ve heard of similar lines at Dark Lord Day, Pliny the Younger releases, etc.
Some things things that urk me:
That place is in the middle of NO WHERE. It’s at least thirty minutes from any sort of established community. 95% of everyone in that line traveled at least two hours to be there and wait in line… for an IPA!
I’ve had IPAs but they never blow me away. Let alone a TRIPPLE IPA… it’s around 11%. ELEVEN! What serious beer drinker even enjoys more than 8oz of that?
What percentage of them have ever tried brewing it themselves? Probably 10% at best. Personally, I am NOT waiting in line to try someone else’s beer when I can brew something very similar myself.
Here is an even LONGER line at Russian River. Again… for an IPA! Pliny the Younger
Now, I know I’m not the only one that feels this way. And I know that IPAs are the hot-ticket for "Today’s Beer Geek
". But what I don’t know is if my feeling towards beer fandumb are simply my tendency to see through BS, or because I’m a homebrewer. So I’m asking if any avid homebrewer on this forum regularly takes part in such releases. Going just once to “be there” doesn’t count.