Hic… Wait, wait, hold on… Lemme tell you about something near and dear to me. Or to my heart or whatever. I’m talkin craft brews, oh my gawd, so good. Here’s what you need to know.
The one and only Brewer’s Association of Boulder, Colorado recently posted its Top 50 US Craft Breweries of 2015. Mostly it was a bunch of crap, but Oregon scored big with four winners: Deschutes, Full Sail, Rogue, and Ninkasi.
While Deschutes took home Oregon gold, scoring eighth on the list, Full Sail, Rogue, and Ninkasi were ranked 31st, 34th, and 36th respectively. Who scored first, you might wonder? What brewery was so good, so inspirational, so tantalizingly irresistible that all must bow before it? D.G. Yuengling & Son from Pennsylvania. I mean, come on… really?
Don’t worry, there is something of a Band-Aid here. This top 50 list is based on sales volume and nothing more. In other words, even calling it a Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2015 list is misleading. How about a top 50 list of sell-outs. Yeah, you’re not so crafty and original now, are you, Mr. Yueng-LING? OK, I’m drunk. Someone else tell a story now.
By Anthony Vitale