(Munster, IN) – With a little more than 24 hours to go before Three Floyds Brewing‘s biggest day of the year, Dark Lord Day, Founder and Owner, Nick Floyd, is speaking out about what he calls “misquotes” that appeared in Josh Noel’s Chicago Tribune report on Wednesday.
“If you’re not traveling and learning new stuff, you’re sort of stuck,” he said. “Look at Portland. It’s still based on Willamette and Cluster (hops). It’s the same (bleeping) beer you were drinking 30 years ago!”
“Portland was great in the 80s and 90s when there was nothing like it,” he continued. “It used to be inspirational. It still is. But the more you travel and learn, the better.”
Despite the praise toward the end, some see those comments as incendiary.
Portlandbeer.org’s Matt Wiater said on Facebook:
It doesn’t seem that Nick has actually been here in awhile. Places like Upright Brewing, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, Cascade Brewing, etc., have been expanding the Portland style boundaries for awhile now. Sure, they’re not the production majority, but if you really know beer in Portland, you know they’re big players.
Beervana’s Jeff Alworth said on his blog:
There are certain personality traits that make for successful entrepreneurs: brash self-confidence, drive and energy, the risk-taking of a riverboat gambler. They can even benefit from willful ignorance–of risk, for example. These traits are not uniformly prized in other areas. In this case, for example, we might note that a Google search might have disabused Nick of some strange views; and a little humility might have prevented him from offering opinions on topics he has no recent information.
And after a member of Beer Advocate started a forum thread, Nick Floyd, arrived to clear the record:
I would like to say I do not hate Portland or the Portland brewers or brewing scene I was misquoted in a remark I made about ONE early McManamins pub I didn’t care for. I f%$@ing love Portland and all its beer. I am a good friend of Van Havig. I drank many times with Don Younger (RIP) and loved him and the Horse Brass. Tony Lawrence from Boneyard (I know its in Bend) is a best friend. Portland was the first place I travelled as a professional brewer to the old Flanders street pub. Bridgeport is one of my favorites. It’s the first place I saw Micro’s on draught 9 to 1 over Macro beer and at a stripclub… Portland rules! Put a bird on it. I love it! Sorry I was misquoted.
your humble narrator
Nick F 3Floyds
BeerPulse pinged Three Floyds Brewing’s Minister of Propaganda, Lincoln Anderson, who said of his colleague and brewery:
Nick is a complex individual but in my years of working for him I will say that he is not mean spirited or spiteful. He is extremely generous and a very cool person to work for and with. The atmosphere at our brewery has always been one of cooperation and celebration of others successes rather than beating down on those who are less successful. He genuinely cares about the craft beer “movement” or whatever you want to call it. At Three Floyds, we are all passionate about putting out the best beer we can and honestly supporting others who fight along with us.
What is your take?