It sounds like your problem is not with fake craft beer, but the California IPA movement. Everything is getting really bitter and I am living in ground zero! One thing you can do is get to know the IBU scale. Any craft brew worth there weight in hops will know the IBUs of their beer. Ask for things on the lower end of the scale.

IPAs are so bitter not because Brits liked the taste they just didn't want to drink bad beer on the trip to India.