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Old 01-03-2012, 05:35 PM   #11
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I still go to their website on occasion, especially if I see a new brew in an area I'm unfamiliar with. It can help you decide on what to try when you're traveling.

But for the most part, the higher the alcohol, the better the reviews. 9+% ABV beers are usually well-reviewed! Any "normal" beers are pretty much panned.
yep, a bad example of IIPA gets a 90, a great example of english bitter gets a 78, go figure.
i still like to read the reviews there from time to time, especially when trying a brew i've never heard of, but i take what i read with a grain of salt.
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Old 01-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #12
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I've been a BA subscriber for about 3 years and I like it. It's definitely not a homebrewers magazine, but it's a good read for anyone who enjoys beer.

If you are involved in a brewpub, they do a good job of covering some of the regulatory issues that impact commercial beer. They also cover topics and trends in the craft beer ecosystem - something that may also be of interest to you.

I agree that the tone of some of the editorials can be a bit much, but I enjoy the contributors and profiles of successful craft brewers.

I don't pay much attention to the reviews except to help guide me to new beers or styles I might want to look for at my local.

Overall I think it's a well published magazine that would interest anyone who likes beer. Of course, I also enjoy Modern Drunkard Magazine...

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Old 01-03-2012, 08:42 PM   #13
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Hey Grinder!

Spartan from FGI here! I get BA. It's okay. It would probably be better reading for those on the East Coast. But there's a couple interesting columns each month. Almost always a recipe article on cooking with beer. At least you can take a tax deduction for it if you order it through your pub!

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