I am a big beer fan and will always try something different, often to the detriment of what I know I will like.
Boundaries are being pushed by many and the many varieties of beer styles from around the world are being tinkered with.
I'm all for it but can just as easily understand those who want the comfort of the tried and tested.
Locally to me a couple of years ago it was mediocre Robinsons beers and little else. Now our town of 10,000 has two breweries, one more traditional, the other run by three guys who want to push the boundaries.
They had a stall at the town Christmas lights switch with bottle sales and small free samples. Bottles were flying out and the locals were trying (and loving) barley wine, smoked stout, american wheat ales. If you don't try you will never know...