What makes a brewery good?
Is it just a cumulative thing? Just googa-ounces of (good) beer sold?
Then cumulative BAR is your thing. The short version of BAR is a beer's score relative to their style with a counting factor based on popularity, but there's more in the glossary. So if a brewery makes a lot of beers that are great in their respective styles *and* popular, that seems somewhat unassailable.
|Stone Brewing Co.||534.8|
|Founders Brewing Company||357.8|
|Cigar City Brewing||352.6|
|Goose Island Beer Co.||342.8|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||320.5|
|Dogfish Head Craft Brewery||308.9|
|Firestone Walker Brewing Company||295.6|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||291.5|
I mean, who's going to talk crap on these breweries?
But there's more than one way to be great.
Say, for example, your best beers are world class. Maybe your worst beers stink from time to time, but you're prolific and your best are soiffed all over the world by discerning craft beer drinkers. Maybe you're Mikkeller.
|Stone Brewing Co.||265.2|
|Goose Island Beer Co.||229.7|
|Cigar City Brewing||202.7|
|Founders Brewing Company||178.3|
|Dogfish Head Craft Brewery||156.2|
|Bell's Brewery, Inc.||146.7|
|Three Floyds Brewing Company||146.5|
|Firestone Walker Brewing Company||145.9|
You see that? By the sum of the top 25% of each brewery's beers, Mikkeller is a top-five brewery. Sure, by total BAR (281.9), they weren't too far out of the top ten by total beers. But look at their beers, especially the back pages, and you'll see that they don't always hit it out of the park. But if you're reaching for a Mikkeller you've heard about, it's a good beer.
But say you're most concerned with knowing that the brewery won't give you a bad beer. You've never had a Mikkeller, don't know much about them, and then you pick up a Sour Bitch (-7.1 BAR) and swear them off for good. You'd rather know which breweries will give you a good beer most of the time.
Well, then Solid% is for you. This is the likelihood that the beer you pick up is above 100 in Style+, or a better than average beer for its style. It's on a simple percentage.
|Maine Beer Company||100|
|Brouwerij De Dolie Brouwers||100|
|Toppling Goliath Brewing||100|
|Sante Adairius Rustic Ales||100|
|Half Pints Brewing Company||100|
|Jack's Abby Brewing||96.7|
|New England Brewing Co.||95.5|
|Bierbrouwerij De Koningshoeven||93.3|
|Lakewood Brewing Company||92.9|
|Mornington Peninsula Brewery||92.3|
|Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen||91.7|
Obviously, this will take a popularity toggle. But it's nice to know that if you can get a Maine Beer Company beer -- and New York, you probably can -- it's guaranteed to be better than average, no matter the style. That's refreshing.
But we're really looking for superlative beers when we reach for a craft beer. So if we haven't had a beer from a brewery before, we'd like to know how likely it is we get an *excellent* beer, more than an *above-average* beer. It only takes ten beers to make this leaderboard, and we'll have a popularity filter, but here are the top beers by SOLID with all breweries with more than ten beers included.
|Block 15 Brewing Company||100|
|Hill Farmstead Brewery||91.5|
|The Kernel Brewery||90.5|
|Great South Bay Brewery||90.5|
|Browerij 3 Fonteinen||85.5|
|Sante Adairius Rustic Ales||84.8|
|Karbach Brewing Co||84.2|
|Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn||82.7|
|Brouwerij De Dolle Brouwers||80.9|
|Monkish Brewing Co.||80.8|
|Olde Mecklenburg Brewery||80.7|
|The Civil Life Brewing Co.||78.2|
Look at Karbach showing some Texas pride by SOLID. Also good to see Browerij 3 Fonteinen show up on a couple of these metric leaderboards. Obviously they're world-class.
SOLID is basically how high a beer's average beer is (by BAR) and how close the rest of their beers are to it. Because that number is sort of nonsensical by itself, we put it on a 0-100 scale. Or, if you're into math, it's SOLID = AVG(1/distance from mean) * mean (and then scaled).
We welcome your input on these metrics all while we thank the BeerGraphs staff for helping develop them, particularly Matt Murphy, John Choiniere, and Sky Kalkman, without whom we wouldn't have any of these fun toys. The more eyes on this the better, because the question isn't really all that easy to answer. (Really, that's always true, even once we publish these leaderboards.)
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Thanks to wiki commons user Friman for the header image of Nøgne-Ø Brewery in Norway.