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In Defense of the Everyman Beer

Brandon Chuang feels strongly about the everyman beer. We haven't forgotten the good ol' standbys either, so we let him vent.

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This Bud's For You

In Defense of the Everyman Beer

Editor's Note: Malted Madness is a celebration of America's craft beer. But what about the rest? Brandon Chuang feels... strongly about the everyman beer. We haven't forgotten the good ole' standbys either, so we let him vent. By now, just a few short days into Malted Madness, you’ve taken in about as much as you can when it comes to beer. You’ve studied the bracket — our curated list of 64 of the best craft beers in the country — and you’re drunk with emotion. Why isn’t my beer in the tournament? How could that beer make it past the first round? Nothing brings out our passions more than competition, and nothing clouds our judgment more than the wants and desires of our own hearts. And in this boozy, passion-soaked attempt to find the best of the best, we’ve forgotten what “the best” truly means. We’ve begun a coronation while the king still lives.

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