Discussion in 'Guys, what's ISO:FT?' started by Warfare Noise, Aug 6, 2016.
joke was so cheap it didn't warrant proper grammar.
If these titboogers actually have fan art I'm gonna shit.
I don't think I'm a fan of titboogers. Doesn't roll of the tongue the way chuckledicks does.
Just tried it in conversation with the wife, it really doesn't work.
Did you say something like "You've got a titbooger babe"?
Unless I missed something Bourdain said about him not liking craft beer I think he doesn't like the attitude around craft beer. He's gotten flak for drinking BMC but he's also been seen drinking beer with Evan Rail in Prague and Anchor Steam in San Fran. His thing about beer is that it was a drink after a long day of work or a thirst quencher. He has basically said his favorite beer is the one that is cold and in front of him. He drinks what's given to him. Kind of like how he eats what is presented to him. He doesn't want to offend.
He's also basically admitted to his palate sucking, so that's why he gravitates towards simple wines (and beers).
Did you ever see Gordon Ramsay tasting craft, which they call "gourmet", beer?
We’ve admittedly struggled with the Brewers Association’s definition of craft brewer for many reasons over the years, but, at the end of the day, someone had to draw the line. Doing so helps protect the independent community of American brewers from corporate brewers and their self-interests. The Brewers Association definition is basically as follows:
Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the brewery is owned or controlled by an alcohol industry member that’s not a craft brewer. Traditional: The majority of the brewer’s production volume is beer brewed from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and fermentations.
It’s easy not to care about this seemingly arbitrary definition. So long as the beer tastes good, right? Wrong. With a growing number of brewers selling out to AB InBev and the like, it’s critical to draw and hold the line. Why? Because these corporate brewers are not only buying up craft brewers. They’ve practically owned the distribution channels, raw ingredient producers, and retail placement for ages and have begun to diversify their interests into homebrew suppliers, bars, publications, websites, and probably every other facet of the industry. ZX Ventures, AB InBev’s venture capital arm, for instance, likes to say that its activities are stimulating “disruptive growth.”
And there’s intentionally little to no disclosure, which makes it even easier not to care. This, of course, works to the benefit of Big Beer. So we’ve begun to compile a resource to look up brewers, publications, and other entities that are now owned by corporate brewers. Keep an eye open for it on beeradvocate.com.
In the meantime, the war for independent brewers is happening now. Which side are you on?
Jesus christ, just fuck off and die already you pair of fucking wannabies.
Why u do dis?
That'll be up in two years and functional for one.
I like reading them?
Are You a Beer Geek?
First off, let’s not confuse geekery with snobbery. We wrote about the latter in 2012, and discussed how being a beer snob is bad for beer and its community. Our opinions on this subject haven’t changed, but now we’d like to help you figure out whether or not you’re a beer geek.
In our context, Merriam-Webster defines a geek as “an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity.” In other words, we basically have a passionate drinker who’s excited and inspired by everything about beer.
So are you a beer geek? If any of the following applies to you, the answer is probably “yes.”
Drinking beer in the shower doesn’t sound weird.
Traveling for work or pleasure always involves mapping out potential beer stops.
You’ve traveled far or waited for hours just to score some beer, because it was worth it.
You’ve traded for a beer with someone from across the country because you had to know how it tasted for yourself.
You’ve tried homebrewing because you find the process fascinating.
When asked what your favorite beer is you’ll always answer with “the next one,” because you haven’t tried every beer on the planet, yet.
While you appreciate having it, a lack of proper glassware won’t stop you from enjoying a beer.
Despite being presented with limited options, you’ll always find a beer to enjoy instead of complaining about the selection.
You may have a discerning palate, but you don’t look down on the opinions of other beer drinkers.
You haven’t forgotten that beer is meant to be fun.
Embrace your inner beer geek, friends. The world needs more of you.
The Problem with Beer Scores
Influenced by the inflated A–F academic grading system, many beer scores fall within an arbitrary 50–100 (or similar) scale that’s mapped over from an aggregate rating. It’s a dated standard borrowed from the wine and spirits world that was basically designed for marketing.
Beer drinkers can consult BeerAdvocate (BA), RateBeer (RB), and a handful of publications, each with its own way of presenting an overall beer score. Admittedly, many in the industry use RB. The site’s score inflation is great for the brewers it favors, and of course looks good on shelf talkers, but it’s a grossly inaccurate resource for consumers. Here’s why it’s a problem for them, and the independent beer industry as a whole. And it has nothing to do with RB being a “competitor.”
As of October 2016, RB is now partially owned by ZX Ventures, the disruptive growth division at Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI). This was kept secret until June 2, 2017.
On June 14, Paste magazine exposed the fact that RB’s brewery ratings (an at-a-glimpse overall score) were broken. The article noted that before October 2016 the brewery rating for ABI was 74 percent, but then it mysteriously rose to 90. Meanwhile, the highest rated beer for ABI on RB is barely over 3 out of 5. And despite admitting that its system was broken, the ABI rating remained at 90 until early October when the feature was quietly removed. (At press time, it was back.)
In terms of inflated scores, despite weighted averages being under 4, beers are awarded high marks. For example: 3.55 is a 90, 3.75 is a 98, and anything above 3.98 is a perfect 100.
As for our own scores, they’re not necessarily perfect or broken. For years we used a 30–100 industry-inspired scale based on a proprietary weighted rating system. But now, like it was when we first introduced user ratings in 2000, the BA Score is simply the 1–5 average across all ratings. No smoke and mirrors, no glitch in the matrix, no archaic standard. Just your straight-up, collective opinion.
To coincide with the stage of cancer you get from reading the insufferable reviews that accompany the ratings.