Monday, July 1, 2013

I got called out by Greg Koch of Stone Brewing!

So back in my early days of video beer reviewing I had this poster called "The Beerodic Table" which you've probably seen before. It's a generalized guideline of beer styles. When I was learning about craft beer back in the day I actually found it to be pretty useful.

In May of 2009 I reviewed Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale for the first time:


I liked it a lot at the time (I scored it a 9 out of 10), and I still do today.

Then today, over four years later I see this video on Stone's official YouTube channel of Greg Koch correcting me on something I said in that video:




In my review, I pointed to the poster and said "There's no such thing as an American Strong Ale." In his video, Greg says yes there is and Arrogant Bastard Ale pretty much invented the style. He wasn't being a jerk about it, he was just offering a sincere correction. Also, Greg didn't imply that it was something I did recently. I'll be curious to see if people in the comments section pick up on the fact it's in reference to something over four years old.

I found the video fascinating, surprising, and a bit perplexing since it's in response to something I said and did over four years ago. I'm not really sure why he thought that would be something worth uploading a video over now, but I appreciate the publicity.

Still, it was pretty awesome seeing one of America's craft beer rock stars personally give me feedback in a very public way and also in a polite, non-sarcastic, non-trolling way.