If the quality of judging is so great, then how do you explain, as the article cites, these results from 2013?
Category 34: American-Style Cream Ale, 37 Entries
Gold: Natural Ice, Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis, MO
Silver: Old Style, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Bronze: Rainier, Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Yes I have drank Natty Ice and yes it tastes terrible. I can think of at least 20 cream ales off the top of my head that are better. Of course, any cream ale that I have ever had and can think of its name is better than Natty Ice.
Full disclosure: Old Style and Rainier aren't too bad of picks of 2nd and 3rd....
well technically I said that Gordon Strong said the judging quality was very high. I used his name because, well, who is more qualified to speak of judging quality? But if you like I can ask him to come defend his position on this thread.