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Manifesto

Brief Biography

Anthony and Gatlin are both currently law students at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Despite coming from entirely different backgrounds (Anthony from the bustling metropolis of Toronto and Gatlin from the rural climes of Owen Sound), this unlikely duo share a common bond in their passion for good beer.


Mission Statement

The genesis of this blog owes its existence to a conversation that occurred on a frigid winter night in the early days of 2009. Between sips of Trois Pistole, both Anthony and Gatlin observed that they remain fond of those discount brands they’d consumed earlier on in their youth. Lamenting over the tendency of “beer snobs” to bash cheaper brews in favor of their pricier and more dynamic counterparts, an idea was born: a blog that provides nuanced beer reviews that take into consideration tangible and intangible factors, like price and drinking experience, relevant to those drinking them.


Ultimately, it is our shared belief that good beer can be and should be accessible to one and all. And a good beer is not necessarily the most expensive and complex available, but rather the one that is both right for the moment and befitting of your circumstances in general. Indeed, whether you are heading out to a raucous party, meeting a date for dinner or simply staying home enjoying the company of none, there is a good beer for every moment. Likewise, whether you are a novice beer enthusiast with only a couple bucks in your pocket, or an experienced hop-head with money to spend, we believe that there is a beer for everybody.


Our Guiding Principles

The slogan “A Beer for Everybody” reflects our conviction that, regardless of one’s economic situation and drinking experience, good beer can be made accessible to all. These are the principles that guide us in our reviews:


  • Price– Cheaper discount brands will almost always be written off when measured against premium imports and craft brews. Therefore, we review our beers specifically within their general price range. Cheap beer can be good beer too: being light in the wallet shouldn’t prevent you from drinking a decent brew.


  • Experience– The world of beer can be just as dizzyingly complex as those of fine wine, cigars and scotch whiskey. Some good beers have subtle qualities that are hard to detect in the absence of a discerning pallet, while others can be big, bold and downright daunting for the uninitiated. We review our beers with the knowledge that some are better suited for the experienced beer drinker, while others may hold greater appeal to the less well versed. A Beer for Everybody means the right beer for you, and that takes into account that not all are equally comfortable with appreciating the nuances of good beer.


  • Circumstance– You probably wouldn’t bring a casserole to a barbecue or whip up a cool refreshing mojito in the middle of the winter. So then why would you drink a rich malty porter on a hot summer day or bring pricey trappist beers to a pal’s house party? A large part of appreciating good beers involves knowing in which situations they are best enjoyed.


  • Beer Snobs– Before we were beer enthusiasts we were just plain old beer drinkers. And guess what, we still are! While we may call out a bad beer where we see one, it isn’t our intention to scoff at your favorite brew or look down our noses at the less experienced beer lover. Don’t agree with one of our reviews? We encourage you to comment, participate and leave feedback; make your voice heard and persuade us otherwise.


13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2009 10:20 pm

    Welcome to the Beer-o-sphere!

    You’ve selected a noble cause, and I applaud you for it.

    Slainte!

  2. Anthony L permalink*
    July 22, 2009 7:04 am

    we hope to do our best, cheers!

  3. July 29, 2009 2:07 am

    Hey, thanks for linking me =)… I added your link to my beer blog and subscribed to your posts….

    I like the manifesto, it shows a nicely balanced attitude towards craft beer. Your reviews are quite comprehensive and I enjoy reading them.

    I suggest that you add a link for your top rated brews. Personally, I like to quickly get an idea of which beers other craft enthusiasts highly regard so I can keep them in mind when I am at the store.

    Nostrovia!

    Maxwell aka ciceronito

    http://ciceronito.wordpress.com

    • Anthony L permalink*
      July 29, 2009 9:58 pm

      Thanks for feedback! I think that’s a great idea, and I’ll definitely look into adding a “best rated” category.
      Cheers!

  4. Rachel permalink
    August 8, 2009 2:56 pm

    Great Blog,
    I appreciate the range you’ve selected so far and look forward to more reviews!

    • Anthony L permalink*
      August 11, 2009 6:15 am

      Thank you for the kind words Rachel!
      Please check back again soon for more reviews!

  5. August 29, 2009 11:20 pm

    Hi – the blog looks great, I’m looking forward to reading more. Are you on twitter yet?

    • Anthony L permalink*
      September 4, 2009 8:53 pm

      Hi Bryan,
      thanks for the kind words. We aren’t on Twitter quite yet, but we’ll let you know when we eventually set-up an account. Cheers!

  6. Harry Poch permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:43 am

    Gatlin: Much more enjoyable than than your legal research papers !

  7. Chris permalink
    June 4, 2010 4:01 pm

    Hi. I think this is the site you mentioned last night at beer bistro. Who would have thought that there is also a “beer for everyone” site as well?

    Thanks again for your recommendations. I’m going to look for the dogfish at home (I’m from Edmonton). What was the best beer you’d mentioned last night? My memory is a bit hazy.

  8. June 20, 2010 4:35 pm

    Thanks for establishing such a worth site!

  9. June 20, 2010 4:36 pm

    Thanks for establishing such a worthy site!

  10. June 20, 2010 4:51 pm

    No action in 2010? Don’t let this be a dead site. That’s gauche! Get on it.

    RJT
    Laplace, La.

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