Just went to a big beer festival in DC, as well as visits to many breweries and beer bars in Reno, SF and beer stores. I feel as if we’ve reached peak haziness. Snallygaster, for example, is normally a pretty diverse festival with all kinds of different brews, but this year it was pretty much just hazies, milkshake hazies, sour IPAs and sours of every sort (including goses and berliners). Even the stouts were minimal, surprisingly, and the previous fad of saisons has started to die down.
While I like a good hazy as much as the next beer nerd, I definitely feel like my enthusiasm is starting to wane. Maybe it’s just because when hazies started, it was a handful of good breweries who knew their stuff making them. Now, every neighbourhood brewer is trying to jump on the bandwagon. I swear I wrote “green onion and mango” so many ratings recently. I’ve actually started to avoid them on tap at breweries sometimes, though it’s often not possible.
Also, was amped in SF to have a few old school WC IPAs with actual malt and backbone, bitterness.
Anyway, probably this fad will pass like all the fads, and comparatively it’s much better than the pumpkin beer fad. But this one definitely seems to be monopolizing beer style choices more than previous fads. Thoughts?