The question after the first question is often more interesting. For example, you might ask: What breweries are under-rated? The second question is: What rating system has rated them poorly? And the third question is: What *other* rating system can we use to find the ones that the first rating system has under-rated?
This, in a nutshell, is what BeerGraphs is about.
In this case, the answer to the second question is Beers Above Replacement. That's a counting stat that rewards popularity and excellence within a style above all. The answer to the third question is Solid%, which rewards a brewery for having generally good beers across the board. And the method? Take all breweries with more than 50 accumulated BAR and rank them by BAR and by Solid%. Then take the difference of the two ranks and sort by that.
Here is a leaderboard of potentially under-valued breweries!
|Brewery||Location||# Beers||Avg ABV||SOLID||SOLID%||Solid% rnk||Avg BAR||BAR25||BAR||BARnk||BAR-Solid%|
|Weissbierbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn||DE||19||6.4||71.62||89%||16||2.69||20.51||51.05||110||94|
|Lakewood Brewing Company||TX||14||7.6||71.57||93%||10||3.93||27.25||54.97||101||91|
|Bières de Chimay||BE||17||7.9||71.57||88%||20||2.99||25.04||50.88||111||91|
|8 Wired Brewing Co.||NZ||17||8.3||71.56||88%||19||3.13||28.33||53.21||103||84|
|Four Peaks Brewing Co.||AZ||18||6.5||71.55||83%||31||2.78||26.07||50.06||114||83|
|Boneyard Beer Company||OR||16||7.5||71.53||81%||34||3.2||27.54||51.25||107||73|
|Societe Brewing Co.||CA||18||7.1||71.57||89%||15||3.67||31.84||66.1||82||67|
|Sante Adairius Rustic Ales||CA||20||5.3||71.63||100%||4||4.05||29.58||80.95||65||61|
|Maine Beer Company||ME||19||6.5||71.57||100%||5||4.25||37.21||80.75||66||61|
|Kane Brewing Company||NJ||22||5.7||71.55||73%||46||2.46||25.73||54.21||102||56|
|NoDa Brewing Company||NC||21||6.7||71.55||67%||58||2.44||27.11||51.22||108||50|
|Carton Brewing Company||NJ||19||6.8||71.58||89%||14||4.37||34.29||83.11||63||49|
|Magic Rock Brewing||GB||28||5.8||71.57||79%||38||2.28||27.24||63.9||87||49|
|Toppling Goliath Brewing||IA||23||5.3||71.55||100%||3||4.46||49.73||102.58||48||45|
|Voodoo Brewing Co.||PA||19||9.8||71.52||68%||54||3.02||32.14||57.39||99||45|
|Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)||GB||26||5.1||71.51||62%||71||1.92||30.98||49.91||115||44|
|Lawson's Finest Liquids||VT||19||5.7||71.54||74%||45||3.43||34.73||65.16||85||40|
|Karbach Brewing Co||TX||29||6.4||71.62||90%||13||3.45||40.66||100.15||50||37|
|New England Brewing Co.||CT||22||6.1||71.59||95%||9||4.91||46.59||107.96||45||36|
|Jack's Abby Brewing||MA||31||6.6||71.56||97%||8||3.63||52.5||112.64||41||33|
|Noble Ale Works||CA||29||7.5||71.51||66%||63||2.11||37.16||61.27||92||29|
|Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen||BE||24||5.8||71.63||92%||11||4.91||40.94||117.72||39||28|
|Perennial Artisan Ales||MO||29||8.2||71.53||76%||42||2.77||48.13||80.42||67||25|
You have to feel good about a list when out pops out all the beers you want to try or think are under-rated subjectively. The internationals may not be a fair addition to this group, since BAR will probably under-rate a beer that doesn't have great distribution in America. Most untappd users are American, after all. But if you can try some 8 Wired, do. They are using New Zealand hops and making great beers.
Otherwise, there's a who's who of up and comers here. Lakewood. Carton. Maine. Funky Buddha. Toppling Goliath. Jack's Abby. Karbach. New England. Perennial. If you were to answer the *first* question -- which breweries are undervalued -- you'd answer with these names. If you can enjoy beer from one of these breweries, do so.
I'll have to admit that I don't love Four Peaks' offerings enough to recommend them to anyone headed to Arizona, and maybe they represent a pitfall of this analysis. If you get a Four Peaks, you're getting a decent beer. But I haven't had a superlative beer from Four Peaks yet.
But then, if you wanted to avoid this pitfall, you could sort this list one more time. Sort it for BAR25 and you get breweries that don't make a ton of beers, but make good beers across the line and hit high notes as well: Jack's Abby, Toppling Goliath, Perennial, New England, Pizza Port, Karbach and Maine: Go get these beers.