As the last few weeks of the year creep up on us now, writers and editors assign their “Best Of” lists, a tradition usually derided by the writers themselves as absurd. I think it is natural for people to make lists, though; we secretly love making them: Top 10 movies of the year, 10 Best Albums of the year, etc. Well, The New School is no different, and thus we’re in preparation for our Year End Best Of Awards, which will be voted on by writers, critics, publicans, and other peers in the industry.
I have added a sidebar just to the left for you the readers and drinkers to vote for your pick of “The Best Oregon Beer of 2012.”You may wonder how we came to this list of nominees; it’s based on an informal polling of friends, readers, and critics done in person and via social media. To be included on the ballot you had to be specifically nominated multiple times. It’s an imperfect list and we apologize if your beer is not included on it. When all is said and done at the end of the year, The New School will present our Best Of lists that will include many categories from best brewer, best brewpub, taphouse, best IPA, and more. In the meantime, please vote!