Another odd statement about beer from The Globe and Mail's drinks columnist, Beppi Crosariol, whose first beer column raised eyebrows in May:
I quibble with wine, and not beer or spirits, for good reason. Beer and spirits are made from crops whose flavour is much less weather-sensitive, such as barley and corn. A can of Budweiser is indistinguishable from any other can. Ditto your bottle of Smirnoff.He made this statement in last Saturday's column as a tangent on the proper point he is making about variation in wines from year to year. Year to year and even bottle to bottle variation is something that makes wine interesting but, let's be frank, the proper comparator for a can of Budweiser is not the sort of wine that displays such variations but Andre's Moody Blue, Baby Duck or some other industrial product that allegedly includes some part grape juice. Repeating the idea that repeat seasonal craft beers do not vary or that cask to cask variation does not occur with quality real ale displays a lack of understanding that is a bit surprising - just a quick scan of Smuttynose's brewers notes confirms how it works. As many or more variables, including the quality of raw ingredients, goes into making craft beer as fine wine.
Finding out about that, one would think, would be on a drinks columnists to-do list. And maybe before discussion of the wonders of the new Coors Lite can.