Niko Tonks is a co-founder and head brewer at Fair State Brewing Cooperative based in Northeast Minneapolis. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
St. Paul MN, Mar. 13, 2019 — Craft beer is all about variety, choice, an antidote to the sameness of industrial pale lager. Right? That’s the story we’ve been telling ourselves since the first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale was birthed. And yet, 40 years later, all anyone seems to want to buy or drink is IPA. You could make the case that “IPA” as a catch-all has effectively become synonymous with “beer” to a lot of people, much in the way that Miller Lite used to be.