Ever drank a good beer from a snifter? Studied carbonation tables for your kegerator? Or quietly snuck down to the basement in the middle of the night to get just one more whiff of hops emanating from the air lock on your fermentor?
I originally started this site as a venue to discuss my various home brew experiments. Working in public relations, I spend much of my time writing, so it was a fun diversion to keep my creative juices flowing and communications skills sharp. But over time, the site has grown into much more than that, including feature stories and industry Q&A’s with notable brewers and craft beer advocates, beer reviews, discussions on beer styles and food pairing, and relevant beer news.
My Rating System
There’s as many ways to rate a beer as there are beer drinkers. I’m very familiar with the BJCP rating system, but for the purposes of this site I’ve chosen to assign simple grades to each beverage that I sample, largely because for most of us the A through F grade scale is something we’re pretty familiar with. But I also realize that for folks trying to discern the material differences between an “A-” beer and a “B+” beer, it might be a little abstract. So here’s how I tend to break things down:
- A+ — World class, deserving of the highest recommendation.
- A through A- – Strongly recommended, one of the best examples of the style.
- B+ through B- — Recommended, a solid offering but may have some very minor drawbacks.
- C+ through C- – Unlikely to recommend, a relatively average offering that may contain flaws or flavor profiles deemed unsuitable (at least for this author).
- D+ through D- – Not recommended, serious issues in appearance, aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel. What you might call a disaster.
- F — Not recommended. Avoid at all costs. Go directly to jail…do not pass Go, do not collect $200.