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Rare does not always equal better

One of my friends from back home is as big of a beer freak on me. He is signal and does well for himself so he has a lot more of his disposable income being thrown at beer. I am truly jealous of his collection as I wish I had access to some of the same beers. Somehow he finds some really rare beers that I didn’t even know were possible to find in the Philadelphia market. He will routinely send me text messages on what beer he is drinking and what special beer he was able to find.

Lately his text messages have been about how overrated some of the rare or limited production beers have been. He contends that because the beer is rare, people treat it like it is something more special and rate it higher. In general I would have to agree with him. I think some of the most sought after beers build up such a reputation and a are so hard to find that they get killer ratings that might not be all that well deserved. I generally stick to the more available mass produced craft beers, but when I find a rare one I do get it. I have found about a 50/50 split between beers that lived up to the hype and ones that have not. Does anyone else notice that rare beers might not always have the most accurate ratings based on their rarity?

3 thoughts on “Rare does not always equal better

  1. I mean, that friend deserves at least SOME credit if he saves some of the rare finds for you, or picks up the occasional bottle or two for his buddy Nate…

  2. Don’t worry Mike, the credit is all yours. I don’t know how you find all of the beers you do. But I thank you for it as it allows me to have some stuff that I have never had before. From you last few text messages it doesn’t sound like you are totally sold on how special some of the rare beers are.

  3. Well I’m gonna guess that it was all the hype surrounding it. Port Brewing’s Mongo IIPA was available at a ton of places in the past month around here, and In my mind, that blew Pliny out of the water. Maybe not as hard to find (at least recently), but a much better hop character, and still very balanced

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