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Stanford scientists rank West Michigan brews among 'best beers in the world'

September 20, 2013
| By Pat Evans |
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A pair of Stanford researchers has reduced analyzing millions of beer reviews to a science — and four West Michigan brews rank among the 20 “best beers in the world.”

Stanford University computer science post-doc researcher Julian McAuley and assistant professor of computer science Jure Leskovec have developed a model that separates expert users from beginners on review websites, according to a Business Insider story.

Business Insider said it asked the Stanford researchers to apply their model to data at the largest beer-review website, RateBeer, which features more than three million reviews.

Michigan brews

Four Michigan-made beers make up 20 percent of Business Insider’s “20 best beers in the world.”

Bell’s Brewery, Galesburg: Expedition Stout, No. 4; Hopslam Ale, No. 18 and Batch 7,000 Ale, No. 19.

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids: Kentucky Breakfast Stout, No. 6.

Midwest brews

Three Floyd’s Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.: Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout, No. 2; Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, No. 5.

Goose Island, Chicago: Bourbon County Stout, No. 9.

Surly Brewing Co., Brooklyn Center, Minn.: Darkness Russian Imperial Stout, No. 13

No. 1

The No. 1 beer is Westvleteren’s 12, which is brewed by monks in Belgium at Trappist Abbey.

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