What exactly is "American Style" beer? Every person I ask has a totally different definition of what am American-style beer is. Some say its lager, some say it's stuff that Founders make, some say it is Pale Ales. It is really just all over the place.
To me Founders tries to be experimental like Dogfish Head, but I feel that at least Dogfish keeps at least somewhat of a beer taste and feeling to them (When you cannot or barely taste any of four main ingredients of beer, then to me it is not a beer). Founders just basically throws anything in there and hope it works. I think they are a brewery whose reputation is masking some of the real feelings and opinions about their beers.
Also, it is not just people I hang out with who look at me like I am crazy when I say I am not a fan of Founders. It even includes those who I meet at the bar and talk beer with them. Apparently I cannot like true beer to almost all of them if I do not like Founders.
I like a variety of styles and while I do like the European style the most, I do appreciate the American styles (whatever that may be) of beers that craft breweries all across the country make. I just think Founders is not that good at all.
Well I wouldn't say there is a singular "American style," what I meant was the styles they make are American styles. I haven't seen many European breweries making IPAs and imperial stouts. That's basically what I was talking about.
I think Dogfish Head is overrated, but I still like them and when they come out with new beers I give them a shot. I think Dogfish Head uses more outside ingredients than Founders does, but Founders does more with barrel-aging.
At the end of the day, there is a style of beer for everyone. If you don't like it, it doesn't mean that everyone else is wrong, or conversely that they are right and you are wrong. The way I see it, craft breweries aren't competing sports teams, they are all players on the same underdog team trying to carve out a piece of the marketplace from the mass-produced swill. I find Dogfish Head overrated but really enjoy some of their beers and appreciate what they do for craft beer and when they come out with new beers I give them a try. I prefer Founders over Dogfish Head and that's fine. You prefer Dogfish Head over Founders and that's cool too. To each their own.
Edited by devilsfan26, 12 May 2013 - 12:37 AM.
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