Zak has taken up the Boak and Bailey challenge or at least example and posted a graphical representation of data.¹ What I found most interesting was the choice of data points. The way Zak illustrated the classes of beer. I don't agree that "ordinary good", "craft" and "fancy special" are actually neightbours on a continuum so I made up my own chart to explore what I might suggest by comparison. I have quibbles with what I have come up with. First, the evenness of distribution is wrong. Popular macro gak is 90% of the marketplace yet gets 20% of the floor space. All the action in my graph should be centered 85% from left to right. There is also a rough progression from cheap on the left to pricey on the right. Am I that much a slave to my wallet? I may well be. Recently, there was a decent supply of Jaipur in Ontario but it was over $4.50 for a 500 ml bottle. I had a few but passed on it for others that were cheaper by $1.50 to $2.00 much more often. Similarly, swanky Scandinavian brews do not get picked up for over $12 and I generally pass on collaboration special brews knowing that the price includes the jet-settery of others.
Has the graph illustrated more about me that beer? What would your graph look like? Could it be better illustrated by using more colour or a third dimension to describe where I bought the beer or where it was consumed?
¹It got all a bit sideswiped by an outbreak of word fascism in the comments but these things happen.