Archive for July, 2010

Hello Reader’s Digest!

July 25, 2010

I have learned that the August issue of Reader’s Digest borrows from our results to construct a list of “The Twelve Best American Beers”—the dozen beers listed all being 9-point scorers in The Beer Trials. That’s well and good, but I feel a need to disclaim a bit to any readers who may have found their way here to share a concern that we missed a beer or six.

The best-scoring beers in the book are, of course, merely the best-scoring of the beers we tasted. And make no mistake, there are a lot of beers we didn’t taste. According to the Brewer’s Association, as of April 2010, there were 1,599 breweries in the US alone. We only tasted 250 beers!

That said, we’ve covered most of the US beer market by volume (thanks to our near-comprehensive coverage of pale lagers) and in my opinion the list we used does a fine job of giving broad coverage to the beers out there. If you start at the top of our lists and work your way down, you’ll give yourself exposure to a huge chunk of the best parts of the beer market. And you’ll have an excellent base for comparative evaluations of the beers at your local brewpubs and microbreweries.

That said, I’m off to check out the excellent tap list at Produce Row. Cheers!


Home again, and just in time for Oregon Craft Beer Month.

July 6, 2010

I’ve returned, refreshed and enthusiastic, from my trip to California, where I drank a fair amount of wine and not much beer (though I did find my way to a couple pints of Sierra Nevada) while attending the annual meeting of the American Association of Wine Economists, where Robin and I presented the results of our Heineken-Stella-Czechvar taste test study.