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  1. Adam
    June 20, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    Those that think the “craft beer geek” is bullying is more of a rally cry to unite to destroy the tyranny of AB. They’re pissed and are vocal because they know that ultimately AB is the bully. So that is an immature and unknowledgeable statement on your part for thinking it’s bullying. Think about this: with everything that AB has been buying lately, it is perplexing to even think why anyone can side with ratebeer that has claimed to being unbiased. Even the admin on ratebeer don’t even know who the AB raters are, with this in mind, how can anyone even trust this rating system any more. The author of this article needs to get his facts straight in the industry before he makes accusations against the craft beer community.

    Ratebeer is now a biased beer information highway because not even Joe Tucker can determine which new raters work for AB or not. It’s common sense and a conflict of interest no many how which way one sees it.


  2. Adam
    June 20, 2017 @ 6:39 am

    “As a proud member of Team Fuck InBev/ZX Ventures, I understand this seems like the perfect opportunity to make some noise, I just think its low hanging fruit and is making some look childish, which is a very bad look for craft as a whole.”

    It’s not that it’s a perfect opportunity, it’s specifically an attack on craft beer. To those that think it’s “bullying” really have no clue what’s really going and maybe it’s time AB gets a taste of their own medicine because they have bullied the “craft beer community” long enough.

    Even if Tiddlydodadunk Brewing Company (brewery I made up) decided to buy a portion of a beer rating system that helps in guiding the beer market, it shows that a brewery is now involved with a beer rating system. It doesn’t matter if it’s AB or not. This rating system is now skewed, it doesn’t matter who’s tech is involved. A brewery’s tech is the hand behind the scenes that not even Joe knows that he can’t answer exactly every movement that they do.

    The fact that Joe can’t explain to his own admin right now on how to keep AB employees from rating a beer shows that this system is now flawed. And that’s a fact that Joe Tucker himself can’t deny.

    Ratebeer policy says that a brewer can’t review their own beers, which is fair and I get that and agree with that, but now a brewery is involved with a rating system, a tech group nonetheless and Joe can’t control them even if he thinks he can at the moment.

    It’s only a 25% minority share at the moment but who’s to say how much it will be this time next year.


  3. Joshua A.
    June 15, 2017 @ 11:06 am

    I haven’t posted a rating to RateBeer in awhile, but I still use it when getting ready to visit someplace new to look for places that serve great beer. Thanks for a well-written post, Dan and Cheers to you, Joe Tucker and hang in there.


  4. Jacob Talamantes
    June 9, 2017 @ 11:02 pm

    Great article. I actually just started using RateBeer a few months ago as a way to try to get my beer rating on a higher level, so the news of their investment really thew me. I’m too young to have the full perspective on the site so I always love reading your articles. This year has been full of interesting developments. Cheers!


  5. Joseph Tucker
    June 9, 2017 @ 2:43 pm

    Thanks for your perspective, Danny. And thanks for the kind words. I’m honored to count you as a friend. Just a couple comments. RateBeer’s overall health has been very good. We had double digit growth in rating volume and page views year to year, last to this, despite a decrease in rating density which has decreased due to the proliferation of mostly small craft brewers. We’d never say our community “disbanded” in that it’s continually grown year to year and more new people filled in where others might have trailed off. RateBeer is still growing strong and despite the week in public, the performance metrics behind the scenes this week have been rock solid. I am pumped for our new growth and for a new age of peace, love and understanding! CHEERS!


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