Scoats has a split personality about craft beer these days. After 20+ years in the biz, sometimes he’s a grumpy old man. Other times he’s still the passionate beer nerd he was 20+ years ago. Here you get a dose of both.

Grumpy Old Man: Brut IPA

Brut IPAs, seriously WTF. I remember 20+ years ago when Bud Dry and other dry beers were all the rage. Beer with no aftertaste! Yay!

What? Who would want to give up ⅓ of the flavors of beer? Turns out not that many, as all of those Dry beers are a distant memory to old farts like me, and a “huh” to everyone else.

Above I wrote that “dry beers were all the rage”. Well, they were less the rage as the then latest macro beer bandwagon. Macro beer bandwagon trends would come at predictable intervals with every macro and more regional breweries getting on board.

Now almost every craft brewery has to jump on any and every bandwagon they see, no matter how dumb. And, with not just one version, but with several.

And how can an IPA be dry? IPA is supposed to be a full, aggressively flavored beer. If you want to make a dry beer, cool. Go for it. But call it a Brut Ale. There is already enough confusion about what IPA means or should mean. Brut IPA as a name is bullshit.

Happy Beer Nerd: Flagship February

I love, love, love the idea of Flagship February. I have been concerned for a while now that long-time wonderful breweries have been ignoring their incredible flagship beers to push mediocre me-too bandwagon beers.

Twenty years ago, we drank whatever craft beer we could find and NEW was exciting, even if it wasn’t that great. Now there is so much great beer in every style, that every mediocre new beer we muddle through is a missed opportunity to have enjoyed a really great beer.

Being in the beer trenches everyday, I get that customers want NEW and that breweries and bars are caught in that cycle. So, I am ecstatic that Flagship February is a thing to help spotlight all the great old school beers that people may be forgetting about.

Have you had a Hop Devil, Sunshine Pils, or Sierra Pale lately? If you haven’t, please check out what your are missing. Cans of all three put me in beer nerd heaven every time and make me happy happy.

I’m also very glad that someone else, two somebody elses actually, came up with and ran with Flagship February. I only had to get on board.

Finally a bandwagon worth getting on.

Scoats has run the Grey Lodge Pub, one of Philadelphia’s OG craft beer bars, in Mayfair for 20+ years