|Upright's Alex Ganum. (WW's Arts and Culture editor,|
Martin Cizmar, smiles in the shadows at right.)
This hints at why awards may have lasting value. We don't fool ourselves into thinking there is such a thing as a "best" beer--subjectivity can never be quantified. Yet collectively, awards are a great way to give a snapshot to a particular time and place. Willamette Week's awards can't reflect the actual best beers, but they can illuminate where the beer world was at that moment. Awards are really a way of saying, "here's where we were in 2015." Done well, they act both as a pretty good time capsule and year-end wrap up all in one.
|Willamette Week publisher Richard Meeker|
So while I don't need WW to tell me what Oregon's best beer is, I'm glad they did anyway.