We say our industry is 99 percent asshole free. - Sam CalagioneI'm reasonably sure that Sam Calagione may have uttrred some variation of this in the Beer Wars movie. I'm positive that I've heard him relate the same idea prior to reading it on the web. Regardless, there it is in the dcist last October and I'm here to disagree, not in kind but in degree.
Personally, I'd put it at about 75% asshole free. I don't think a growth oriented movement like beer is immune to the short-comings of human kind and besides every industry needs a bit of ego-driven self-interested mean-spiritedness, right? We need all kinds to move the ball forward. An asshole can be very motivating and a proper foil when highlighting the good.
In the beer writing world, we also have some dynamic range of asshole and evangelist; hater and fanboi; or truth-sayer and corporate mouthpiece going on. The good people of Boak and Bailey have offered up a Beer Blogger Attitude Spectrum. I've appropriated it below.
|Boak and Baily's Beer blogging attitude spectrum|
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