If there are any clear distinctions to be made between contemporary beer and wine cultures, perhaps one of the most immediate is the very different role critics play in each. The beer world, despite the innovations and heightened public regard achieved over the past few decades, still has no equivalent to a Robert Parker or Stephen Tanzer or Eric Asimov. Even the most influential modern beer writer, the late Michael Jackson, never held such sway over the market. Instead, for better or worse, the major market drivers in craft beer culture tend to be user-based websites—like RateBeer.com.
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