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19 March 2010 @ 08:12 pm
Huh. I'm not sure why I didn't think of it before, but...I like it!

When lacking for other things to post about, I shall post about beer.

A little clarification on that - I love beer. For some people, their comfort food is mac & cheese, others meatloaf. For me, beer. Which puts me in an odd position among professional beer guzzlers. Many will grade brews on a variety of fairly quantifiable scales; aroma, taste, adherence to style, etc. This is honestly all well and good, but it's the way a connoisseur approaches food. Your average food critic wouldn't give Kraft Mac & Cheese a very good review, and your average beer reviewer wouldn't look twice at a macrobrew.

I'll be reviewing much more subjectively. Beer makes me happy, and I came to a realization some time back. I was browsing a popular ratings site, and out of curiosity, looked up the #1, most awesome, best beer in the world. It was a very expensive, limited, hard-to-find brew, made by Belgian monks, and competition for each bottle was fierce.

At that time, it ranked 4.5 out of 5.

For anyone curious, that's about a B+. Best beer in the world. The aforementioned realization was that some of these people analyzing each sip like a gas chromatograph would never be truly happy with a beer. They'd never find an ale that met their expectations. They are so focused on minor imperfections in the style that they sometimes forget the most basic question of all: "Did you like it?"

I won't like every beer I post about. But I'll taste drink each one fairly, and write about its good points, and its bad. I'll be unashamedly biased - some beers will get an unfair advantage due to pleasant associations from my past. But that just gets back to the above paragraphs - if you want clinical, unbiased reviews, there are already plenty of sites for that. I've dabbled in homebrew, and am not ignorant of the technical trappings of the craft, and some of it may make it into the reviews; but it won't be as a factor in grading. In fact, I won't be using grades at all. And I sure as hell won't be using any spitting buckets.

So, I'll close for now, but I'll leave you with the immortal words of Father Jack, from the icon above - DRINK!
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Lanakila: Happy Lana (by Nevarraven)lanakila on March 20th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
I don't drink alcohol, but this past week, after finishing a major project at the office, several of us went out to the local pub after work to drink and eat bar food! :)

I normally refrain from drinking any alcohol and usually order a Coke.

These days, I've been cutting back on the Coke because of its sugary content. I find Coke too sweet and I didn't want something sweet/sticky in my mouth.

So I opted for a beer! :) I don't know what kind of beer that I liked, so I stuck with something familiar and Canadian: a Labatt Blue!

Ya know what? The beer didn't taste that bad!

Also know what? I drank the full bottle of beer! :P :) (Normally I can't drink a full bottle of beer and I chuck/waste it!)

*beakgrins widely*

That's my beer story this week, Fennecy! I hope you are proud of me!!!!!
Brendanroho on March 20th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
I am proud of an adventurous eagle! And I expect Canadian breweries to show up with some regularity in here. There's a number of really good ones up there. For instance, if you happen to see anything from Unibroue while you're at one of these events, give it a try - it'll definitely be a new experience for you, they're a Canadian brewery specializing in Belgian styles :)
duncandahusky on March 20th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Dude, if you don't like the way I approach beer, just say so! ;-)

We totally need to get some more Three Philosophers, though! Just to, uh, be sure we like it. Yeah, that's it.
Brendan: DRINK!roho on March 20th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I totally knew I couldn't trust your beer reviews the first time you referred to something as, "Aloof, yet effervescent. Like a dirigible!" ;)

And yes, I do believe that particular beer needs to get re-examined >.>
Aurethaureth on March 20th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
By all means, let us drink!
Araquan Skytracer: Hooray beeraraquan on March 20th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to reading your reviews. Point of fact, I've thought of posting some of my own. I, like you, am not hugely satisfied with people that have lots of... what I call 'external criteria' when it comes to beer. Or, actually, much of anything. You can get way too lost in the technical minutiae of something and lose the ability to discuss how you actually enjoyed (or didn't) that thing. Now, that doesn't mean that one can't enjoy some of the subtle variations amongst different styles of something, but the technical details should never, ever get in the way of the enjoyment of it. If it does... there's really not much point anymore.

And as you say, getting to the point where the finest beer in the world is only a B+? C'mon... Those sorts of folks need to not try to be so grown up. Or let me have their bottles of that beer... I'm sure I'd put it to good use. Lots of it.
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Prester Scott: beerprester_scott on March 20th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
Dieting has caused me to cut way back on my beer consumption, but I still appreciate it.

I usually like all the ones I'm not supposed to like according to the beer snobs. I say if they are so concerned about it then they can buy all my beer for me.
nyuni on March 20th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes. The Westvleteren. The... 12, I believe, is routinely considered the best beer in the world?

I happened to have one at a little beer bar in The Hague back in November that was selling their paltry grey-market stock at a rather high price - but I figured I had a chance to try it out, so I might as well go for it, see what all the fuss is about.

To be fair, it was a fantastic quad. But the best beer in the world? Sure, I can see it if you're really into Belgians, but otherwise, it's merely the best quad in the world. ;)

Goes back to my belief that no matter what beer someone likes, for whatever reason, that beer is good for them. Tastes and styles of beer have so much depth and breadth that nobody's bound to like every type, and so I always find when reading a review, I need to take what I already know about the style to heart. Some dude may rave about some trippel. I know that I just don't like Belgians all that much, and he probably is a Belgian-head - so I use that fact to temper the reviewer's enthusiasm a bit.

I admit that at times myself, I also can end up microanalyzing brews, but it's more for my own personal edification. Some people do tend to take the reviewing beer snobbery a bit too far - but if that makes them happy, then good on 'em!

Looking forward to seeing the reviews!
genetenveri on March 20th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Woo! I think this will be awesome, and I forsee many trips to Antioch Liquors in our future. :D