The annual “Beer Necessities” survey run by Wellington’s Capital Times generated a great deal of controversy on the Real Beer Forums. Editor Aaron Watson, who was one of the panel of the judges, has responded strongly in his latest column:
Perhaps the comment that saddened me the most was the suggestion craft brewers boycott the event in the future.
That is a petulant remark that is short-sighted on two levels.
Firstly, how could it help beer and brewers to remove from the public eye one of the few independent surveys – not a competition – of the state of the beer nation? Answer: not at all.