Judging by the comments I have received, people do on the whole agree with the fact that these articles are unhelpful to the furtherance of beer, but perhaps do not share my passion(or should I say anger) when it comes to slagging off the British press.Am I right to be this mad? Let's look at wine. Wine is a beverage which is not made in great quantities on these shores, yet is taken very seriously. I cannot recall ever reading such badly informed articles on wine. The same applies to whisk(e)y which is of course British. Why is this? Is it because wine and whisky are seen as the drinks of the middle and upper classes whereas beer is apparently consumed by working class folk in working class boozers whilst wearing their hob nail boots and overalls? Or even worse, is it felt beer drinkers cannot read and thus won't notice these nauseous mistakes?
Beer is a drink that Britain should be proud of. We have a thriving brewing industry which employs thousands of people. We have a seriously growing microbrewery scene. We have also produced the World's best ever beer journalist (RIP MJ), but these articles are written by heathens who clearly know nothing and care even less.
Perhaps I shouldn't allow my blood pressure to rise even higher than it is by getting angry about these things. Maybe I should chill out and have a beer (maybe you should buy me a beer!!). I can't help it. Incompetence is something I find it hard to tolerate, and on a subject which our British press should relish championing they are doing shockingly.