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More thoughts on beer ratings

BeerTap TV has recently changed their “rating policy.” If you refer to my previous post on rating beer you will get a better idea of where this post is coming from and also why there are no ratings on this site. Anyway, BeerTap TV made a change where they are not rating the beers in the traditional manor, bur rather giving them a 1-5 scale in terms on your own walk in knowing and understanding craft beer. A one for example your be your basic Bud Light or dozens of other clones of that beer. Where a five might be Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA. Basically as you taste more and more craft beer your taste buds evolve and beers that might of blown you away when you first started getting into the hobby, might not anymore.

For me personally, if I had half of the beers I am drinking now a few years ago, I would not of enjoyed them or appreciated them as I do today. The scale they are using a based on white water rafting and the different classes of rapids that you would experience. A newcomer to rafting should not be in rapids that have lots of rocks and other hazards because they will be eaten up by them. I think the crossover to craft beer is a good one.

In my previous post on beer ratings, Scott from The Brew Club talked about the ratings they make on their website. Essentially he pointed out that the ratings on their site are not meant to be the end all of a beer, but rather their own personal rating, more or less for them. Fair enough and I can totally understand that. In fact, when I first started this site I put a lot of thought into a ratings scale, but I never ended up using it for reasons I have already mentioned. I still don’t think that a ratings scale will ever be coming to Brewery Reviewery, but it is nice to see that some usable scales out there exist. Below is the ratings scale of what I originally come up with for this site, it is based on how much of this beer I would drink (goes from bad to great)

  • Single bottle
  • Six pack
  • Case
  • Keg
  • Taking seat at the brewery

I thought it was clever at the time and I am sure it has been used all over the place well before I thought of it. Well, I mainly just wanted to point out a few other thoughts on beer reviews and such. Again, nothing like this is coming to this site, but I am glad to see that there are ratings scales out there that don’t really judge the beer.

Change is a happenin’

I’ve been unsatisfied with the look of BreweryReviewery for awhile now and I finally went ahead and did something about it. In all honesty the changes did not take long, it more just took the motivation on my part to go ahead and do it. The new layout is cleaner, easier to read, and overall just better to look at. No more of that soft blue sidebar and the small gray text. I want to thank Scott of The Brew Club for recommending the layout and being helpful in the process of the change.

There are still a few changes that I want to make before I feel settled with this layout, but they are not major or time consuming to make. They just take a bit of tinkering to get corrected. This is the third design that BreweryReviewery has had since we started. The first layout lasted for about a month and a half and the previous layout was up for about a year. I’m hoping this one will stick around for awhile.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a website guru, but with my limited skills, some help from Scott, and a bit of work, I am happy with the result. Let me know what you think about the new layout and if I should keep it or go back to the old days. Also let me know if you think the logo on the side is any good. That took longer than any of the other changes that I made.