It’s that time of year again. No, not the twinkling of Christmas lights and the frantic cash-grab which is the holiday season; I’m talking about the Hottest 100 vote from the Local Taphouse.
Last year, I based my picks solely on new check-in’s. While this wasn’t necessarily a bad criteria, I couldn’t help but think that it’s innately flawed this time around. 2013 was all about the “new” beer for me. 9 out of 10 taps could have been ones I’ve consumed and rated highly, but if that last tap was new, I’d select that one, even if I was warned against it.
This year, however, I’ve taken a bit more laid back approach. If I like a beer (and more importantly, I remember liking it), then I’ve been more willing to forego the unknown variable. I still tend to lean towards the flashy new tap, but I’ve grown a greater appreciation for the “old faithful” principle.
So here in lies my dilemma. Do I select beers that are new to me this year, or give the tried, tested, and true a fair crack at my votes? Do I want to sit and look at all my unique check-ins for the year and decide based on rating, or do I select the beers that stand out most in my head?
How are you selecting YOUR votes this year: the mind-blowing once-off, or the solid, reliable, staple beer?