Interesting comments in passing on Twitter just now. Win was praising a style of beer when Stan wrote:
Just how many favorite styles do you have? Should there be a limit? MT @winbassett "one of my fav. styles"
Quips ensued. Lord, how they ensued. But the point is an interesting one - to what degree does the particular actually reflect upon the general. For me, this beer frames my disinterest in anything with "imperial pilsner" on the label. Yet gakky Rabbid Rabbit bore so little resemblance to anything else claiming to be a saison that it came across as a mistaken formulation. A cousin to the idea "the enemy of the good is the excellent" is the idea that over familiarization with specific examples weakens applicable classifications. It just does not trip off the tongue as well. Except for that... mantra.
Jonathon summarized neatly: "beer is my favorite style." Is that not the point. That it is all in one together? That a good beer is just good? Or would you rather, when not ticking, have a mediocre milk stout over a better pilsner because milk stout is your favorite style?