On the way to work this morning, I passed an advertising billboard for Stella Artois: “Six hundred years ago, the quality of life improved dramatically.” Well, hm, okay. A bit pretentious, but whatever.
Now, I haven’t actually tried Stella Artois lately – or six hundred years ago, either, unless I’ve grown forgetful over the years – but it made me think.
What are the really great beers? The world-class ones, that stand head-and-shoulders above the rest?
And, perhaps more interesting, how do you judge? What are your criteria? What makes a beer great? Is it the hops? The alcohol content? The raspberry essence? Or what?