One of the reasons I am glad I called this a blog about "good" beer way back when is it is up to me and you to decide what is, in fact, good. If you and I disagree, we are still each right for our own purposes. "Good" has so much openendedness it is almost never bad. Few words are so useful in that way. Consider, by comparison, this news for a moment:
A brand incubator for Coors Brewing Co. has created what it calls the first beer in which as much as 99.8 percent of its ingredients are from Colorado, including its hops, its packaging and even marketing devices that are placed on each bottle. In doing so, AC Golden Brewing Co. aims to capitalize on what it sees as a desire among younger adults to support local companies and to consume products that have less negative effect on the environment. It began putting its new beer, Colorado Native, into Denver- and Boulder-area liquor stores in recent days and hopes to expand distribution throughout the state by mid-May, said Glenn Knippenberg, AC Golden president. “We wanted something that would help celebrate all the great reasons we live in Colorado,” Knippenberg said of his amber lager. “Some people are interested in the carbon footprint, and others are interested in the great flavor.”
I haven't had this beer and, by definition, I really shouldn't. It's meant for someone else. In fact, by its very creation it laughs at me as the brewer did not make one for my jurisdiction. But if this is local is local good? What value does mere locality provide when it is dislocated from any element of goodness? Well, that begs a question or two, doesn't it. It might be pretty OK beer and it might really express Coors and its own presence in Colorado. But does that make it worthy?
I say no. I think there needs to be more. For example, I know when I am having a Utica Club and usually that means I am in or have been near Utica. You may not love that taste but it tastes like someplace. I would hope that Colorado Native has at least a taste that distinguishes it and that that taste somehow relates to Colorado. Doesn't "local" need at least that?