The hype was real when Modern Times beer first came out. Four packs were flying off the shelves, and I was as excited about it as everyone else. Cool branding, I love pint cans, and they were saying all the right things. After a couple weeks I was at a bar and was able to try Fortunate Islands and Lomaland. I didn’t think too much of them. Didn’t really like Lomaland at all. I had two pints of each, people around me were raving about them, but I just didn’t get it. I figured maybe I was having an off day so I bought all four of the four packs. Drank them all and I just didn’t like any of them. Fortunate Islands was fine, but the rest weren’t good. I would hear people constantly talk them up and assuming I did something wrong I picked up another four pack and finally I gave up on them altogether.
Time went by, I kept seeing more and more posts about them, so I broke down and I tried a couple of limited releases. One of them was ok and one of them was fucking awful. As I was pouring that buttery mess down the drain I thought to myself “this is bullshit. No more.” I refused to sit in silence anymore. From then on I started talking about not liking Modern Times whenever I could. It didn’t go well, but I needed to be an advocate for the other people that due to family or cultural pressures couldn't come out as not liking MT. I was very outspoken on social media which resulted in lots of blocks and unfollows. You can not like Stone, Sierra Nevada, or even Firestone Walker, but any negative opinions about Modern Times aren’t aloud. Most of the time people were shocked that anyone could feel that way. It felt like I was trying to argue with the Westboro Baptist Church about religion. No one had ever spoken about our lord and savior Modern Times that way. Flawed beer is only something that mere mortals could make.
This only strengthened my dislike for them. After a while my dislike turned to hate and that hate was directed towards the fans of MT. This was war. I would say their beer was disgusting just to get a rise out of people, and it worked. Oh man did it work. There is literally nothing that made me laugh harder than trolling people about Modern Times. When someone posted a picture on Instagram a simple “did you run out of good beer” would start an argument almost every time.
After a couple years of fighting the good fight something strange happened. Finally, people started to say “they’ve gotten a lot better” rather then “you’re crazy, Jesus himself couldn’t brew better.” People started to come around and agree that a brewery wasn’t going to outdo every brewery in the state in their first year. I patiently waited for an apology, but that never happened. So I decided to try them again. I bought one of their special release double IPAs. I tried it and it was ok, nothing special. I went back to one of their fans and said “you fooled me again. I wanted to give them another chance and I picked up _____” and the response I got was “Oh yeah, that was bad, why would you pick that one?” Huh? Why would I pick that one? I picked it because there was a pallet of it at the store and it was super fresh. I picked it because I thought it was something they liked at their tasting room and chose to release it on a huge scale.
Ok, so again, I think I must be the crazy one. Everybody talks about how great their coffee is and how good Black House is now because they roast their own coffee. That made sense to me, so being the dumbass I am I picked up yet another four pack of Black House. Black House was just as ok as I remembered. I just got MTed again.
I’ll give Modern Times some credit. Their worst beer is better than my best home brew (with the exception of a couple butter bombs I had). These guys are legit pros and I’m just a guy trying to get the best beer for my money. I’m not saying I can brew better than anybody at MT. Along those same lines, if I were to challenge the worst NBA player to a game of one on one he’s going to make me look disabled.
Modern Times isn’t terrible. If I wasn’t getting shit from their fanboys I wouldn’t even feel the need to talk about them. I’m assuming they have a lot of great stuff, but my problem is with the misses. We have a low batting average here and I don’t want to have to trust beer reviews. I trust breweries to release their best stuff. You waste my money too many times and you’re out. There is too much great beer out there and the line of acceptability is moving from good to great.
At this point you’re probably thinking to yourself “I really don’t care if you hate Modern Times or not” and to that I say, thank you. If that was what I heard the first time I said anything about MT we wouldn’t be here right now. I hear people trash Stone all the time and nobody gives a shit. In fact, if you were to stick up for them like an MT fanboy people would laugh at you. Modern Times is just another brewery. Just another brewery that brews absolutely shitty beer. Fuck anyone that likes them. Including friends, family, and me because I'm sure I'll eventually find a beer brewed by them I like.