All too often, when locally brewed beer gains prominence, a uniformity of offerings ensues. Bars, restaurants, and retail shops begin to showcase a similar roster of breweries and flavor profiles. These lists are often hop-heavy based on the standard session IPA, pale ale, IPA, and Imperial IPA.One of the problems in assessing this statement is that I don't live everywhere. It's absolutely not the case in Portland. Whether you walk into restaurant with four tap handles or a beer bar like Apex, you're going to be offered a range of beer styles. I just recently went on a whirlwind tour of Victoria, BC--not true there, either. In the smattering of restaurants and pubs I've visited in Maine and Massachusetts, not true. When locally-brewed beer gains prominence, more people are drinking it, which means there's more variety in the market.
But that's just my experience. Can anyone point to a place where a burgeoning beer scene reduces variety? I'd like to hear about that.
|Chalkboard at the Hop and Hound, Bothell, WA|