I was looking forward to thumbing through The Information, the glossy that came with yesterday's The Independent. It promised “The 50 best beers: Guy Adams dons his drinking cap to go in search of the perfect pint of ale this Christmas”. 50 best beers my arse!
First up it was nothing to do with the 50 best beers because there were no cask ales amongst them. So perhaps it should have read the 50 best bottled-beers. But no, where were Fullers Vintage Ale, Titanic Stout, Comrade Bill Bartram’s Egalitarian Anti Imperialist Soviet Stout or Trappist Rochefort 10, to name but a few ? So perhaps it should have read 50 best bottled beers that are mainly from supermarkets, with many being rather boring actually. Catchy title ‘eh?
Yes there were some bottle-conditioned beers, yes there were some good choices, but there were an awful lot of also rans in the list. In that all-important Nº1 slot, supposedly the best was St Peter's India Pale Ale. Presumably winning this coveted position because of its stylish bottle and pretty label. Can't fault St Peter's quality, they produce okay beer, but its dead beer and hardly wow. Thankfully Stella (or whatever the fucking stuff is called these days) did not feature in the list but Hoegaarden Biere Blanche was there and you have to ask. Why?
Come on Independent you can surely do better than that. Next time give the job to someone that knows something about beer and not someone that's wowed by pretty labels. Anyone got any better suggestions for a Top 50?