Beercritic asks: is down (but is it out?)
11/04/2008, 7:41 PM
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I’m sad to see the events as they unfolded on recently. First a few weeks or months back, upon visiting the site, Firefox started warning of script redirects. If you wanted to still use RateBeer, you could, but only by ignoring the issues the site was experiencing, or by protecting yourself by antiscripting tools (e.g. the noscript plugin for Firefox) and/or great anti-virus tools. Sigh. Then yesterday, and a day or so before that, each beer listed would run a redirect script upon clicking. For the unprotected, it was more than just a nuisance — it was a threat. For the protected, the site became virtually unusable unless you starting typing in missing parts of URLs stripped by the antiscripting tools. Sigh again.

RateBeer shelf tags were perhaps the first way that I began to discover great beer, and I still use them today. I’m sad to say that it looks like that particular tool and its era are probably gone. The site currently reads:

RateBeer Security Timeout: I need some help!
So far I haven’t found a soul who can help. If you can help, please shoot me an email at joet @ I have recently been laid off, so I am a bit on the hurting for cash side. Anyone who can help here would be greatly appreciated. PayPal donations to would be greatly appreciated.


p.s. thanks for all your support and understanding. 82 was compromised so it was closed.

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Sorry to hear it Joe. Things are tough all over.


Current Selections
05/11/2008, 5:19 AM
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The following is a photo of my current store of brews, followed by RateBeer’s list of the ‘Best Beers available in New Jersey’. Please don’t be too jealous. In the list below, I’ve bolded the beers I have in the picture. I’ve italicized the beers I’ve already enjoyed. It’s a great checklist to follow, and I have every reason to believe I’ll be able to sample each of these at some point. Next stop, Southern Tier via Circle Liquors Super Saver, Pennington, NJ.

These are the best beers you can find in this region’s stores and restaurants based on the availability information provided by RateBeerians in this area. A beer has to have 5 or more ratings to be listed here.
Name Brewer Ratings Pctl
1 Rochefort Trappistes 10 Brasserie Rochefort 1864 99.9
2 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone Brewing Co. 1251 99.9
3 St. Bernardus Abt 12 St. Bernard Brouwerij 1589 99.8
4 Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2001/2003-Present (18%) Dogfish Head Brewery 1100 99.8
5 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company 1149 99.8
6 Ølfabrikken Porter Bryggeriet Ølfabrikken (Gourmetbryggeriet) 637 99.7
7 Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Mikkeller 581 99.7
8 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Brauerei Aying 1742 99.6
9 Rochefort Trappistes 8 Brasserie Rochefort 1433 99.6
10 Abbaye des Rocs Brune Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs 786 99.6
11 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company 1826 99.6
12 Victory Storm King Imperial Stout Victory Brewing Company 1521 99.5
13 Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru Brasserie de l’Abbaye des Rocs 742 99.4
14 Victory Old Horizontal Victory Brewing Company 1009 99.4
15 Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Dogfish Head Brewery 1993 99.4
16 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. 1531 99.4
17 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek 3 Fonteinen 307 99.4
18 Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout Great Divide Brewing Company 1014 99.4
19 Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Oskar Blues Grill & Brew 468 99.4
20 Double Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. 1121 99.3
21 De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva De Dolle Brouwers 482 99.3
22 Great Divide Hercules Double IPA Great Divide Brewing Company 1153 99.3
23 Southern Tier Oat Southern Tier Brewing Company 347 99.2
24 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Brooklyn Brewery 1412 99.2
25 Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout Nøgne Ø 571 99.2
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