Or are you simply a wanker ? I've been a conscientious lurker for some months now, but the "Not cool, Local Taphouse" has drawn me out of semi-retirement. To mix metaphors badly, this thread broke the camel's back. So, I'm going to have one last swipe, then follow the likes of vinthebrewer & chaosworrier into retirement. I joined BA in 2006; it was a vibrant community whereby brewers, vendors, and punters all contributed to the betterment of the local scene. This was long before "Beer and Brewer" was published, and so was a vital network of news, and encouragement. The growth of the Aussie beer scene (including NSW) has been phenomenal. But, as with many things, rapid growth brings unfortunate consequences. We are not simply spoilt for choice: we are, like rich brats, spoiled as well. For the life of me I cannot fathom quotes such as "and NSW beers are frankly not very good on the whole". Can the writer of this quote recall the Sydney beer scene of 10 years ago ? 20 years ? How about some advocating, yeah ? The brewers in this forum couldn't give a flying fuck if you've tried Cantillon. They would much rather some constructive feedback about their products; some honest, well-considered feedback. Simply dissing them in a globally-read forum serves noone at all. Consider the ramifications your "informed" comments may have on a visitor to this country. Guys like Scotty, Tim, Ian, Neal and others are to be commended for what they have done for the industry. And they do so not because, but in spite of the crap that gets posted in BA. There. I'm done.