Stan’s got it right. This is embarrassing.
And sadly predictable.
If you have 90% of the MLB all star game voting came from the city of Philadelphia, where people watch the Phillies more than anyone else – don’t you think most of the starting lineup are going to be Phillies?
Actually, no. This is Philadelphia, man. But that’s not the point. Presenting this as if it has any substance–“The People Have Spoken!”–is the arrogant part. The rest is just parochial, as you suggest.
Completely disagree, as I posted on Stan’s blog. It’s a beer list put together from the ratings on a Boston based website (BA). The “people” in the article are BA members, so yea, I guess they have spoken. Nothing arrogant about that in my opinion.
I’m curious, what exactly do you find so embarrassing? Is it because the beers are too local (US-centric), too high alcohol (as Stan mentioned), or is it because it doesn’t match your personal list?
As i said in the response before this one, I think that trying to present this as if it means anything, or reflects any sort of worthwhile opinion sampling, is embarrassing. The standards implicit in the list (including high alcohol) are clearly skewed by geography as you note, so US-centric is a factor as well. It just seems too limited and reflective of a “we are important” mindset to be anything other than arrogant. I am quarreling with the presentation more than anything else.
I don’t make lists of my “best beers” although I can tell you my favorites if asked. The next guy to ask a week later might get a different answer. It’s all a movable feast and I embrace multitudes, as they say.
It’s just beer.
Nice website, by the way.
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