Bill Metzger, the publisher of the Brewing News newspapers, said he remembers the New York Times and other papers reporting in the mid 1990s that craft beer was a fad.
"A lot of us were pretty offended at that," he said Monday during Ohio Brew Week in Athens. He’s serving as the keynote speaker. "It wasn’t a fad. It was a movement."
(Watch a video above of him kicking off the event at the official keg tapping ceremony at Jackie O's. Sorry if the audio is poor, but it was quite loud in the bar.)
Metzger praised the Ohio craft beer market, noting that there’s a receptive audience here that should help grow the industry.
"The real positive that a lot of people don’t understand is that beer is liquid bread and it’s best when it’s fresh," Metzger said.
That means people should seek out locally made beer because you never know how long a beer imported from other states or from around the world has been sitting in a warehouse or on a shelf, he said.
"Do you buy your French bread from France?" he asked.
Metzger, who launched the brewing newspapers in 1993, said he has many Ohio favorites, including Fat Head’s, Buckeye, The Brew Kettle and Willoughby.