BrewDog -- enough is enough
Yes, it's high time James Watt and Martin Dickie grew up and stopped behaving like a couple of precocious teenagers standing on a street corner with back-to-front baseball caps screaming for attention.
The latest example of their idiotic behaviour, which serves to get beer a bad name, came in Saturday's Independent. Oz Clarke chose BrewDog Hardcore IPA as the "Best Artisan Beer". (Why the Indie chose a wine writer to do this is another matter but they did give Oz a nice plug for his Pocket WINE Book).
He wrote: "I first arranged to meet them last year in Edinburgh. I found them there on a park bench, well away, like a couple of old topers, swigging their beers from brown paper bags and raising the finger to anyone who dared come on all self-righteous. I joined them and we had a riotous time."
Well done, Oz, and well done the lads. How wise to choose Scotland for this escapade where the government is planning an even bigger crackdown on alcohol than Westminster.
Watt and Dickie are lunatic self-publicists. They are handing ammunition to the likss of BBC Panorama and the Daily Mail and those members of the medical and scientific communities that are hell-bent on taxing drink out of existence and handing more power to supermarkets.
Nothing we say will deter the BrewDog people. They thrive on negative publicity. I note that BrewDog is not a member of SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers. Most craft breweries are SIBA members but BrewDog is outside the loop and can't be taken to task by SIBA for activities that do great harm to the entire brewing community.