Knut morphed our discussion here about charity and local breweries into the general question of what is local anyway. I am going to suggest something that should not seem so radical but might be taken as such: local in the NE United States includes diacetyl as much as the NW United States is defined by, what, extreme hops?
Roaming CNY as I am this weekend and having popped a few brew from the new (gas station bought!) Magic Hat 2008 mixed twelve-pack, including a Spring Odd Notion '08 which in fact was a bit odd, I was wallowing in buttery goodness. Seeing as so many breweries in the region - including many favorites of mine - have this quality, can't we get over calling it an error and just admit it is only a flavour and a effectively a regional one at that?