Friday, July 01, 2005

RateBeer Releases List of Top 50 Breweries
The poll claims to be the world's largest. Some 30,000 different beers from over 4,000 brewers were eligible. Voters from more than 65 countries participated, according to the site. But the results were decidedly pro-American.

In the end, the survey showed that, like politics, all beer is local: two-thirds of the brewers judged the best were made in the U.S.A. American voters vastly outnumbered other nationalities, too. So perhaps it's no surprise that hometown heroes were on proud display.

Even if the results are a bit parochial, it shouldn't detract from the fact that American beer lovers have a lot to be thankful for these days.

Well, a lot of the world's best breweries just happen to be American. Also, when people rate beer bigger beers get higher ratings. Subtler styles, even American made ones, like pilseners and Kolsch tend to get ranker lower. If you had more hops and malt you just have more flavor components. That will get higher ratings. And that's just the way it is.

If you are a good beer drinker, I wouldn't want to be in any other country than America.

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