BEACON TASTINGS ARE BLIND. The tasters only know the style of the
beer ahead of time. Information about each beer is revealed to the tasters
after they've submitted their comments and rating.
NOTE, the tastings are not a traditional "judging"
style review. The Beer Beacon appreciates beers from the perspective
of the consumer, providing readers with beers to seek out and offering
brewers feedback from typical craft beer drinkers. Tasters are intentionally
choosen so that they represent a the range of the craft beer market
- from home-brewers and beer snobs to "Joe six pack" and "Jane-I'll-try-something-new."
Our tasters like beers that conform to style, that turn tradition on
its head, and that please somewhere in between.
Gerg is a raging drunk who somehow discovered real beer and stumbled his way into the industry. During his time spent being the former head of an area beer department and utter ignorance as to how beer is made (he still believes it's done by magical elves), he developed a more simple approach to share his knowledge with the everyday beer drinker. Unfortunately, he'll probably say something stupid in a poor attempt to sound witty than impart any actual wisdom.
Hop Jack is an experienced professional brewer who works for a local
microbrewing outfit. As his handle implies, Hop Jack is a self-proclaimed "hop head" and prefers his micros nice and bitter, the more
IBUs the better. Hop Jack appreciates varieties other than an
American Pale Ale, however, and will readily award 5 mugs to a beer
that he feels is a good representative of a particular technique or
Magistrate is a long-time Beer Beacon taster who is also an accomplished
homebrewer. Not surprisingly, he is a textbook "beer geek"
and is able to appreciate a wide variety of beer styles. Magistrate
is particularly fond of the more agressive "sipping" beers,
such as barley wines, imperial pale ales, and imperial stouts, but will
happily award 5 mugs to any beer that adequately conforms to basic style
Vinny is an established businessman who appreciates the wide range of sensibilities held by microbrew consumers. He is an experinced taster who facuses on three aspects of the experience (aroma, body and finish), and favors beers that achieve harmony among these elements.
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