For many years now, the trend in "micro brews" has been to hop the hell out of everything.

I started homebrewing earlier this year and at first thought that my efforts were off because they didn't taste much like the microbrew offerings at the local/well-stocked groceries.

After four batches or so, I began to realize what was going on: I just wasn't hopping everything to death.

Turns out that this hops race is a recent phenomena - only in the past couple of decades have brewers gone hop crazy.

I am learning to appreciate the less hoppy brews. The bitter craze can continue without me.