I’m trying something new for this post. I thought I’d take a break from reviewing beer this week and do an “editorial”. Someone asked me an interesting question recently and I couldn’t answer it right away. So, I thought about it and wanted to post it for everyone to read and ponder.
On twitter, @blacksheepsquad asked me what is the worst brewery? I had never really thought about it before. I know there are beers that I dislike and definitely styles of beers I don’t care for, but never which brewery I don’t like. The easy answer would be the macros because those beers are awful, but it isn’t the right answer.
If you notice, on the blog I don’t have many “Spill It”s and that is almost on purpose. The reason I don’t is: I won’t spend money on things I don’t like. I’m not going to spend money on let’s say a sixer of lagers because I don’t particularly care for them. Every once in a while I will try beers I don’t like to either reinforce why I don’t like them or to try a particularly special one. Honestly, who wants to pour a beer knowing they won’t like it? Not me.
I usually drink beer based on the mood I’m in. Chances are if it is 90 degrees outside, I probably won’t be drinking an imperial stout. So, I have my favorite beers within a particular style. I may prefer an IPA from one brewery and not like their stout or vice-versa, but does that mean it is a bad brewery? Does that mean it is a bad beer? Probably not. What I dislike someone else may love.
In terms of breweries, I also have my favorites just like anyone else. I love Dogfish because of the far out things they do with beer. I don’t like all of their beers, but I can always appreciate the attempt to try something new. There are plenty of breweries I have never tried and might make the greatest beer ever. Sometimes it is more than beer that makes you like a brewery. Maybe it is a hometown brewery or you like that the brewery is eco-friendly. Conversely, you may dislike a brewery for reasons other than beer. I recently had a bad experience with a brewery’s rude beer rep, which made me decide to never drink their beers. (if you follow me on twitter you know who it is).
In this world of craft beer, I don’t think there is a worst brewery. There are too many kinds of beer that too many people make for there to be a worst brewery. Craft beer just by its name implies a dedication to the craft of beer making. If a brewery made bad beer then it would probably go out of business pretty quickly. Drinking beer is too personal an experience for me to name a “worst”. My advice, try as many beers as possible from as many breweries as possible.