Quoted from cooked71:
ALE is relatively easy to make which is why there are 15 million "boutique artisan" ALES on the market.
If the OP has an aversion to ALE's he should try some good Lager's and in particular Pilsners which are IMO much better to drink. There are some good boutique Lager's and Pilsners, but its harder to make therefore not as widespread (is more fragile, requires refrigeration and takes longer to ferment).
I agree with this. But therein lies a problem. Craft lagers and pilsners just aren't very good sometimes. Harder to find a good one, and at the price, can be an expensive exercise.