The Reverend Jonkyo has finalized his assessment of beers in the craft category, and concludes, that the East Coast has more than enough winners, while nothing but disappointment reigns in the taste buds when drinking beers from the West Coast.
Simply by investigating several local beer makers in the New York area, satisfaction left nothing to desire.
Blue Point's Hoptical Illusion was very good, and goes great with a slice of pizza covered with masala and raw Jamaican hot pepper.
Blue Point's Winter Ale, as well as the Toasted Lager were delights in all manners of speaking.
Mermaid Pilsner from Coney Island sustained the palate at a high level of pleasure and or satisfaction.
Long Ireland's Pumpkin Ale provided enough joy. The Reverend forgives them for their poor geography skills in naming the brewery. Perhaps that is a ethnic Freudian slip.
Brooklyn Lager goes great with Chinese Hot Pot, and fatty meat.
But the Ballast Point, from San Diego brewery and distillery, was much like a those beers that are so unbalanced they become perfume-like in flavor, as if one were consuming liquid out of mother's or girlfriend's perfume bottles.
All other beers The Reverend has had outside of the NYC NYstate and near area have been spoilers. Horrid rotten beverages that do nothing but clearly make the case that many in the population have not a clue as to what good beer taste like, for many of these have long been sign posts or stocked regularly in the stores all over.
A few such beers The Reverend might mention are Red Hook; Two Hearted; Colorado Beers; Shiner (southern actually).
Saranac had to jump into the band wagon with its Legacy IPA. That is quite bad...the beer that is.
So, long held as a bastion to quality, is what the North East is. William James, was born in NYC, as were many others of greatness, such as Michael Douglas from New Jersey, and others; Rudy Bozak made his stella speakers and is from the Northeast; Mark Levinson built his amps in New Haven, and there is no city in the usa that compares to NYC.
All this seems to point to the ethos of the northeast, that has long held it in high, excelling in everything from education to manufacture and beer making.
So it be.
The California people just can make the beer as good as they do here.