April 14th, 2005
Tuesday night saw the first round of the Beers Champions League, my project to determine which is the finest bottled lager (see here). With football, beers and intense statistical analysis colliding in an orgy of self-indulgent maleness, what could possibly go wrong?
- It’s easy to distinguish between flavours of two beers but it’s much harder than you think to objectively rate one as better or worse than the other. Another way of saying this is that brand perception arguably counts for more than taste.
- Don’t feed the participants gum-meltingly hot, palette destroying pepperoni pizza prior to taste-offs.
- Prepare for some wastage. Drinking glasses dry is a bad idea and will result in enthusiasm evaporating as bloat sets in.
- Two bottles is enough for at least 6, if not 7 participants. You might as well get this many friends around, as it won’t cost you any extra beer
Beers were tested blind with identities revealed only after the results were in. Groups were randomly drawn with one seed* per group. Win=3pts; draw=1pt. Top 2 beers in each group qualify for the final.
**Rolling Rock defeated Tsingtao in a penalty drink-off.
So there it is. All the seeds qualified, although the unseeded Löwenbräu rated most highly of all. Sighs of relief all-round as Budweiser failed to qualify, but frowns at Tiger’s failure to get through and Kirin’s poor performance as lowest scoring beer overall.
Round 2: Tuesday 3 May. Come on!!!