Lately, I’ve been toying with the idea of continuing my beer education in a more official capacity by becoming a Certified Cicerone and possibly a Certified Beer Judge. Part of that process is not only identifying the tastiest attributes of a beer, but knowing when a beer has gone bad and why. I came across this article that hits on some of the biggest beer corruptors and the reason behind them.
We take it for granted that the brewers and local watering holes are serving the purest beer in optimum conditions and understanding when something is off is just as important as understanding how to appreciate it. This is especially true if trying a brewer’s beer or going to a bar for the first time. Knowing where the blame lies can make the difference between avoiding a bad bar with dirty tap lines or writing off a brewery for making inferior beer.