Where do we go from here? It's really hard to say, but since I have experience with being in the vanguard of at least four movements that went on to experience huge popularity similar to that of craft beer, and it's the start of a new year, I'm gonna frame and ask these question(s). Craft beer has in common with the hippy movement, the marijuana movement, the grateful deadhead movement, and the moutntain bike movement certain things that make comparison seem kinda fair, though very far from perfect. All these movements started with rebellion. While it would take too much time to make this point for all these things I experienced from their outset, it is obvious to us zealots who started these movements that they were acts of rebellion against status quo. With craft beer it was rebellion against a standardization of beer that led to there being far fewer breweries in the whole country, and AAL being the overwhelming, almost only, domestic beer of choice. You can still see residue of this when you hear people say things like, "This doesn't taste like beer," in reference to newer style offerings. Back in the day folks made fun of us fine beer lovers, just as the skinny wheel bikers made fun of us first clunky mountain bike riders, the rock and roll straights made fun of us jamband music Grateful Deadheads, conservatives in America freaked about us marijuana users, and when we started the hippy movement we were treated as a hated minority by mainstream America. As each of these movements gained popularity they attracted a new breed, similar in some/many ways to each other. Hippies were infiltrated by folks who liked the clothes we wore and wanted to start a fashion/lifestyle movement out of it and cash in on it for the big bucks. Many real hippies left the movement, and in fact the movement basically died from it. Mountain biking attracted a wealthy crowd of weekend warriors who clogged up the trails, caused many of them to be marked off limits, and fueled a price war for bikes that rose prices stupidly. Many mtn. bikers got out of the sport for these reasons, and others. The marijuana movement is most similar to the beer movement in some ways, since both are intoxicants. And I think we can see both movements being infiltrated by the same elements that have infiltrated these other avocations. The big money hipsters jump aboard, looking to cash in and move things to their own liking/advantage, and things change. There is no doubt things are evolving in our "movement" (it once didn't seem silly to say craft beer movement/revolution). Where are things going? Will craft beer end up like grateful deadheads, becoming a small group of wealthy dilettantes who so alienate the first guard that most of them "jump off the bus"? Will it end up like the hippie movement, so changed by late to the movement folks that it dies a slow death? Will it end up so crowded and dominated with wealthy devotees that it no longer seems any fun for many of the folks who started the hobby, like mountain biking. Will it end up so controlled by the bigger is better folks that everything needs to be created to the highest amount of everything, where excess is worshipped, like the marijuana movement? Or are all of these things not applicable, or just plain wrong? What other factors do you see directing craft beer's future? Where are we going? Where will craft beer be in ten years or twenty years? Are you still as motivated to consider yourself a member of a movement as once you were? Where do you see yourself in terms of beer in that future? What do you all think is our future in craft beer?