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The great beer challenge

What exactly lead to a panel beer test at a recent birthday party is too long of a story to get into, though sufficient to say, we gathered six people to try a wide array of beers to find a winner. The main goal was to wean one of the participants off Kokanee Gold. If we succeeded or not is unknown, but the results of the beer-off was surprising, particularly seeing most of the jurors didn’t consider themselves “beer people.”

Each beer judged on a score from 1-4
JurorBud
Light
Kokanee
Gold
Dogfish H.
60 IPA
Rogue
Choc Stout
Red Hook
ESB
N.L. Crystal
Bitter
Black Butte
Porter
Laughing
Dog Cream
Juror 1 1 1 4 4 3 4 4 3
Juror 2 0 2 1 2 3 1 2 3
Juror 3 1 3 3 3 3 2 3 1
Juror 4 2 4 3 4 2 1 3 3
Juror 5 2 1 1 3 1 2 1 2
Juror 6 2 3 2 1 2 3 1 4
Total 8 14 14 17 14 13 14 16

Which means:
1. Rogue Chocolate Stout
2. Laughing Dog
3. Red Hook ESB (#1 in the tie breaker)
3. Black Butte Porter (#2 in the tie breaker)
3. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (#3 in the tie breaker)
3. Kokanee Gold (#4 in the tie breaker)
7. Northern Light Crystal Bitter
8. Bud Light

The science here is questionable, obviously. But it’s interesting to see how a wide array of people with different interest in beer judge a wide array of beer, and kind of surprising seeing the Rogue on top. What does it all mean? Probably nothing. But it’s a good excuse to drink beer.