An interesting discussion has developed in the comment section of the Shogun review post. Several folks are expressing their opinions concerning the hops content in beers, which brews are better than others, which are overhyped, and the brewing process itself.
Tom (faithful reader) mentioned the Beer Advocate 100 in one of his comments. Beer Advocate is an independent network of over 150,000 beer enthusiasts worldwide. The 100 Top Beers on Planet Earth are determined by user reviews and are weighted based on the total number of reviews a brew has received. Mentioned many times in the comments, Great Lakes Brewing’s Edmund Fitzgerald appears on the Top 100 in slot #83.
Another interesting topic: limitations imposed by West Virginia law on the beer selection in the state. Current law states that only “nonintoxicating” beers may be sold in our state. I don’t know what kind of alternate reality the legislators live in, but I’ve seen plenty of people get drunk from drinking Budweiser. Nonintoxicating beers, according to the delusional lawmakers, is a beer that does not exceed 6% alcohol content. Many gourmet/craft/microbrews exceed that level and therefore cannot be sold to West Virginia beer connoisseurs.
Last year, a bill was introduced in the House proposing a change to WVC 11-16-3 which would change the definition of nonintoxicating beer to allow the sale of craft beers containing up to 15% alcohol. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate, however that version allowed only 12% alcohol content by volume. If you are interested in this issue, you should consider notifying your delegates and senators. You can follow legislative activity on the WV Legislature website.
Ron posed a question in one of his comments: “what is the only true American Style Beer?” Phil I. Stein (another one of the faithful) responded with this: a beer brewed using bottom fermenting lager yeast at ale temperature levels because refrigeration was unavailable and the warm California climate did not provide the cool cellars for the aging (lagering) process which lagers brewed in cooler climates used. Ron, is that the answer you were looking for???
Feel free to continue the lively debate. I’ll be reading and learning, not commenting, because I don’t know a thing about beer.