Hell, there A LOT of commercial craft beers that are technically out of style.
People like him can take a long walk on a short pier.
Mike and Jeff,
This bears directly on the point I made for the 2014 BJCP guideline update. There are plenty of beers that are just a little off in some manner, from the stipulation of the style...but they are still great beers. That is the problem with the style guidelines as they sit now, there isn't an allowance for minor variation or stretching of the styles. Anything that can't conform to a style, has to be placed into the "Specialty" category
. That doesn't make sense to me.
Mark Stober presented an idea to me a few years ago. Each style category
should include a 'Specialty' subcategory
so that beers that are just a little off from conforming to a subcategory guideline can still be judged with similar beers in that category
. I like this approach much better than having a single 'Specialty' category
that can see any sort of unique or non-conforming beer. That cornucopia of beers can make it tough to judge.
Now, I 'm not saying that the 'Specialty' category should go away. Because there will be beers that are not like any other styles and they will need a place to go. What I'm advocating is a 'Specialty' subcategory in each style category that can then accommodate beers that are pushing the boundaries of a style, but are still recognizable as falling in or around the style.