When we launched the UK Top 10 IPAs poll back in May it was as a result of some inspiration I found from a blog written by Andy Parker. It was part fun, part social experiment that actually ended up with an unexpected winner in Marble’s Dobber.
On the back of this there seemed to be interest in a series of these polls, so the UK Top 10 Lagers and Pale Ale polls have followed.
Now we’ve hit a bit of a bump in the road. There’s a couple more polls I want to do but categorising them is the problem. And the problem is too big for 140 characters, hence this post, where we really need you to comment with your thoughts below to help us make an informed decision.
Here’s the challenges…
1) Porters or Stouts or both
Should porters and stouts have their own, distinct categories or should they be one? The historical beer ‘style’ is Porter, the word ‘stout’ was added to describe a stronger beer. So there is also an argument for splitting this one by ABV with 7.5% being the splitting point. Bearing in mind there was this debate with the original poll (IPA, DIPA, TIPA in the same category) I’m keen to keep consistency across the polls. So the choice here is either separate porter and stouts polls or a joint porter/stout polls but split by ABV.
2) Traditional English bitters
This is a bit of a ‘catch-all’ poll and could potentially include traditional bitters, golden/summer ales, red ale/beer, ruby/dark beers, milds and all the other stuff you find on the supermarket shelf. What to do here, this could potentially be a free for all with all styles that simply comes down to a popular choice? Let’s give an example here – this could end up being a poll that sees Brewdog 5am Saint going up against Hobgoblin and losing because the latter beer is more well known. Any thoughts on how to seperate this one would help.
3) Sours & Berliner Weiss
Simple one this – are there enough UK beers of this style to warrant a poll? Thoughts below please.
The plan with this polls is to finish the series with a ‘best of the best’ poll which would effectively crown the UK’s Top beer taking the top 3 from each poll. The aim is to run this in January but we need to get through the suggestions above first.
Any suggestions you could provide in the comments below would be appreciated.