Magazine BeerAdvocate magazine #85 (February 2014)

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,518) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    About the Cover:
    Brewer Cat Wiest photographed in front of the Pyramid Brewing building in Berkeley, Calif., where she helped organize workers before the brewery shut down. Get the full story on page 46. Photograph by Christine Zona


    • Beer Smack: "Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat?"
    • Jim Wells reports the Beer News
    • Shelf Talker by Courtney: The American Craft Beer Cookbook by John Holl
    • Kindred Spirits: Hop Dog by Jon Legault
    • Innovation by Lisa Morrison: MobCraft
    • Label Approval: Fat Julian Imperial Stout from Actual Brewing
    • For Love of the Craft: Metulczki, A Painter of Beer in Leipzig, Germany
    • Unfiltered by Andy Crouch: Come Out From Behind Your Firewalls
    • Fermented Culture by Ron Pattinson: Younger's No. 3
    • BYOB by Drew Beechum: Chilled to Perfection
    • Cuisine à la Bière by Sean Z. Paxton: Italian Comfort Food: Risotto
    • Barkeep by Austin L. Ray: Craft Pride in Austin, Texas
    • 9 Steps to Beerdom by Paul M. McMorrow: Jerry Gnagy, co-founder and brewmaster, Against the Grain Brewery and Smokehouse
    • From the Source by Nora McGunnigle: Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, La.
    • Beer Destinations: Los Angeles by John Verive
    • Feature: Labor of Love by Livia Gershon
    • Beer Reviews (Porn) by us.
    • Last Call with Jeremy Warren, founder & brewmaster, Knee Deep Brewing Co.
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  2. Cubatobaco

    Cubatobaco Crusader (718) Jan 27, 2013 Virginia
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    "Beer Smack" hit the nail on the head! Everybody wants to brew a "great" beer these days, but they do not want to hear if it's missing the mark. How can you learn from your mistakes if people are constantly praising your failures? There is an Aristotle quote that comes to mind: “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
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  3. jaxon53

    jaxon53 Meyvn (1,125) Mar 1, 2006 Connecticut
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    Cat Wiest is my fucking hero! Way to go helping out your fellow workers!
  4. DrinkAnchorSteam

    DrinkAnchorSteam Aspirant (294) Jan 23, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    What about the opposite of this scenario. What if a brewery is putting out a beer that is a good and is made to style but a Beer Geek gives it a bad rating because it's not as good as "The #1 Beer in the World"?
  5. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,518) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    But that's not the opposite scenario, and has nothing to do with the Smack being discussed.
  6. DrinkAnchorSteam

    DrinkAnchorSteam Aspirant (294) Jan 23, 2014 Pennsylvania
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Let me rephrase that. What if breweries aren't making mediocre beer but reviewers are giving mediocre criticism?
  7. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,518) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    I still think that it's irrelevant to this discussion. We're talking about breweries that are brewing mediocre beer, and how it's not being addressed on multiple levels; not a hypothetical scenario based on subjectivity from a handful of outlying reviewers.
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