« on: March 01, 2012, 09:11:52 AM »
It seems to me that there are two general definitions of "better" beer, and they probably summarize why most of us brew. First there is the (theoretically) objective measure that a BJCP rating provides. Brewing beers for their competitive kudos is a fine and worthy pursuit. Then there is the more subjective "what I/we like" measure. That's the one I tend to brew by. I have three active taps on my kegerator. The first has always been (and may always be) my current version of a Pale Ale. While I do like PAs, my wife loves it ("If Momma ain't happy, ain't NOBODY happy"), and all my friends and family ask for it when they're here. My second tap is whatever I like the most; right now that's a Rye Ale. My third tap is seasonal/experimental, currently a Brown Porter. I've never submitted a brew to a competition, and may never do so; not because I somehow disapprove of the competitive concept, but more that I get my strokes from people (and me) liking my interpretation of a style.