Beer tempers once again flared last week when renowned, James Beard-decorated chef David Chang came out in favor cheap beer, proclaiming “I Hate Fancy Beer” in an editorial published by GQ. Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster and craft beer mainstay Garrett Oliver quickly shot back with an editorial of his own, not surprisingly stating, “I Hate Crappy Beer” (also published – ahem – by GQ).
I may not have any Michelin stars or published beer books, but I have been a beer lover and writer for my entire life, and with all due respect to two men I highly respect, I have my own opinion: I hate the craft beer versus big beer debate. I’ve never thought the debate was completely fair to either side, but especially now, when craft beer has made so many strides, the argument feels especially past its prime.
Here are five reasons why it’s time to lay the great beer debate to rest: