Willamette Week, an alternative weekly in the Portland area that covers news and culture, has a great series going on right now on its website entitled the President of Beers. WW managed to acquire “flagship” beers from each state, meaning the signature beer from a given state’s biggest brewery, not necessarily the best, as it points out. And as writer Martin Cizmar says, probably broke some laws in the process. After laboring to get all those beers from all those states, the weekly rounded up 12 tasters to blindly try all the beers and rank them on a scale of 1-100.
The countdown began on Aug. 24 and the first 5 (meaning the worst 5) are as follows:
50. Pennsylvania: Yuengling Lager
49. Maine: Shipyard Export Ale
48. Louisiana: Abita Purple Haze
47. Texas: Shiner Bock
46. West Virginia: Bridge Brew Works Belgian-Style Tripel
The countdown goes until Oct. 3, when the top 10 and the winner will be revealed. I encourage you to go and check it out, it’s definitely a cool way to rank beers.
Update:: Montana comes in at No. 16 with Big Sky Brewing’s Moose Drool.
- Matt Pritchard
The Garden City’s most beer-obsessed bar has a new website called, simply, 50beersin50days.com.
The idea is straightforward, the blog will look at 50 of the Rhino’s beers and will tell a short story about each one through pictures, words and videos. There will also be interviews with bar owners, brewers and distributors. The beers profiled thus far include Framboise Lambic by Lindemans, Black Hop Rising by Sierra Nevada Brewing, Slow Elk by Big Sky Brewing and Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery.
I love this idea.
- Matt Pritchard
Draft Magazine wants to know. Nominate your favorite here.
For those of you who don’t know the Art of Manliness, it’s one of my favorite websites. Since I discovered it last year, I’ve wanted to write something manly for AoM as it’s called. The dedication to the lost arts of manliness is admirable in this day and age.
Well, the opportunity arose, and the Growler is officially part of the AoM archives.
Here’s a snippet.
It could be said that beer was the downfall of the hunter gatherer, the man of the woods, mountains and streams, the man with spear in hand whose need for meat was matched only by his need for shelter. After all, it was likely the propagation and harvest of the materials required to make beer that caused the famous bipedal wanderer to settle in one location. Or, you can think of it like this: Beer changed the world.
Read the entire Beginner’s Guide to Craft Beer here. And spend some time checking out AoM for all kinds of tips on everything masculine.
Betty’s For Beer, this does not necessarily exclude you. AoM is a great place to find gift ideas and a good, basic understanding of the things that influence men.
For your daily beer reading today, I’m providing a link that some of you might already be familiar with. The Beer Babe is one of my new favorite reads. She does a lot of reviews, and I like her style a lot. Read up, bookmark her and have a great Friday.