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The Worst Beer Olympics

What countries that you have at least 10 ticks from are your top three worst rated by average ratings?

Turkey (14 ticks) - 1.64
Dominican Republic (11) 1.82
Ethiopia (15) 2.05

Also, countries that I have more than 50 ticks from but still manage an average of less than 3. Seems to be mostly a lot of countries with a young but growing brew base. Caveat in all this is I tend to rate low:

Iceland (56) 2.98
Costa Rica (69) 2.64
Poland (72) 2.74
Spain (75) 2.89
India (88) 2.73
Colombia (94) 2.73
Argentina (98) 2.8

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Gold: Mexico, 12 rates, 2.07 avg
Silver: Netherlands, 11, 2.31 avg
Bronze (Tie): Spain, 15 rates & Japan, 10 rates (2.64 avg)

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Probably in the tie, Spain would win as they maintained that shitty average despite you having rated more of their beers

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Gold: Albania 17 rates - 1.86
Silver: Faroe Islands 28 rates - 2.33 - huge surprise!
Bronze: Montenegro 10 rates - 2.4
(edging out Lithuania at 2.41 on 16 rates and Mexico at 2.45, also on 16 rates)

Hardcore 100+ version:
Gold: Hungary 400 rates - 2.7
Silver: France 203 rates - 2.75
Bronze: Finland 148 rates - 2.84
(edging out Germany at 2.85 on 1168 ratings and Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2.87 for 106 ratings)

I owe Hungary, France and Finland a revisit since I visited all multiple times, but not in a while. The scenes in all three are much better now! Even Montenegro - which grew a craft beer scene maybe a year or two after my only, short visit.

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Worst

Bosnia and Herzegovina 19 rates - 2.18
Ukraine 20 rates - 2.78
Israel 12 rates - 2.92

No countries with 50+ rates and avg rate below 3.

Y’all need to stop drinking shitty beers. Or I should drink more?

Well, they keep one grounded.

For me:
Poland (48 rates) average 2.72
France (28 ) 2.94
Austria (21) 2.97

I’m generous at the low end I think. But also have beers at 3.9+ for each of those countries.

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Gold: Mexico with 17 beers at an average of 2.94
Silver: Russian Olympic Committee with 11 beers at 2.98
Bronze: Australia with 10 beers at 3.01

Most countries with the lowest scores only have one or two beers…

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Gold: Romania (30 beers) 2.38
Silver: Turkey (13 beers) 2.45
Bronze: North Macedonia (27 beers) 2.47

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I suspect this is often a reflection of your local import market. We get enough of these to get over the 10 rates criteria, but it’s still mostly the macro beers from those countries being exported.
|Austria|17|2.82|
|Australia|14|2.71|
|Mexico|15| 2.38|

If I raise the criteria to 50 ratings, the average goes up likely reflecting the fact that we get both great beers and crappy beers from Germany, for example.
France 83 3.03
Netherlands 59 3.1
Germany 144 3.11

I only have two countries with an average over 3.5! This is largely due to a few prolific craft brewers that export to North America (Nogne, Mikkeller, Amager, To Ol, etc.) and not a lot of macro beers that make it here. I also haven’t really had a beer from either country recently. They don’t come to Canada as much anymore, and I haven’t been to the US since 2016.
Norway 27 3.74
Denmark 144 3.52

I’m curious to graph my Canadian average - I suspect it’s slowly creeping up as in the last few years I tend to tick for the sake of ticking a lot less, and the proliferation of breweries means its easy to scratch the ticking itch just with breweries known to be better. Trying to tick all the new breweries is likely the downfall of that lol

Gold: Mexico. 10 rates, score:2.0
Silver: Turkey, 10 rates, score 2.41
Bronze: Indonesia, 18 rates, score 2.47

I think it depends on the country - for a lot of countries having tried more beers means you will have tried more shitty beers.

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  1. Egypt - 11 ratings - 1,70
  2. Bulgaria - 16 ratings - 1,85
  3. Turkey - 42 ratings - 1,97

If increasing the cutoff to 100:

  1. Ukraine - 109 ratings - 2,15
  2. Brazil - 110 ratings - 2,35
  3. Latvia - 138 ratings - 2,37
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  1. Mexico - 13 ratings - 2.24
  2. Turkey - 21 ratings - 2.39
  3. Luxembourg - 13 ratings - 2.52
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Fair. I guess I said that on an optimistic assumption that a country’s beers can’t all be sooo bad.

I’m getting kind of like this too. I’ve stopped actively going after styles I don’t like and breweries I know are crap. Trouble is I’ll give new breweries the benefit of the doubt–at least 5 ticks or so or a brewpub visit before I start avoiding them

You even gave Bardo a shot…

:joy:

Both locations. I even let Bardog take my leg’s virginity for those infected ass ticks

Gold: Mexico - 17 beers, 1.64 average
Silver: Czech Republic - 19 beers, 2.39 average
Bronze: Ireland - 24 beers, 2.52 average

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I don’t have many countries over 10 but here stays

Gold Mexico - 2.69
Silver Czech Republic - 3.11
Bronze France - 3.19

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Small sample Olympics

Gold: Turkey @2.41 with 16 rates
Silver: Portugal @2.48 with 16 rates
Bronze: India @2.48 with 12 rates

Proper sample Olympics

GOLD: Home of the Olympics, Greece @ 2.86 with 59 rates
SILVER: France @2.87 with 145 rates
BRONZE: Poland @2.93 with 117 rates

<*))))))><

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