"I love a great porter. But big stouts, barrel-aged stouts, and imperial stouts get the buzz and the ratings. I think we need to see more breweries moving toward the porter and exploring its possibilities."
Steph Harding, writer, MittenBrew
OVERRATED: Extreme beer
"The blow-your-brains-out beers. High IBUs, overly spicy, extreme flavors, etc. I'm not against experimentation, but I think the style of beer gets lost with such extreme additions. It's probably fun to play with as a brewer to see if you can make it work. But man... totally blows your palate."
"I think you can get a lot of variation in the style. And a well-done sour is very drinkable for many different preferences. Even a hop-head can enjoy a good sour (I should know, my husband is one). It's not necessarily the squeeze-your-face-pucker-up style that some beer drinkers assume."