Earlier this month the Brewers Association released their new style guidelines for 2012. Beer styles have always been something that we found tough, as so many beers can be delicious yet not conform to any set style. Especially with craft brewers innovating at the pace that they are, styles are moving way faster than any association could ever keep up with. Also, if we keep going down this road, we'll have 750+ styles in no time, each with only one or two commercial examples.
While we recognize that some baselines of style are important so that consumers know what it is they're buying, our thought is that we've always worried much more about how a beer tastes than how well it conforms to one group or another's set idea of what a certain type of beer should taste, smell and look like.
But, of course, we want to know your thoughts on this! Do you care about style when you're drinking craft beer? Or do you not care if it fits a certain mold as long as it tastes good? Vote below then let us know which way you went on Twitter, on Facebook or in the comments below the poll. Cheers!