Beer Issue: Six Boise Brewers, Six Macro-Brews 

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Boise Weekly brought together six brewers from some of the top local breweries to settle an age-old question: Which mass market, "macro-brew" actually tastes the best. The consensus: Pabst Blue Ribbon. To celebrate the conclusion of the tasting, they shotgunned a few tallboys.
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The panel convenes. Beers to be blind-tasted: Budweiser, Coors Light, Keystone Light, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Rainier.
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Each beer, cloaked in white paper and given numbers, was poured into a nondescript plastic cup in order to judge coloration, such as it was.
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Lance Chavez, head brewer at Boise Brewing, attempts to discern a distinctive aroma from one of the mystery beers.
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Rob Landerman, president and sauce boss of Woodland Empire Ale Craft sniffs out the identity of a macro-brew.
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Paul Thomas (left) and Cory Walz (right), both brewers at Sockeye Brewing, record their thoughts, specifically, "Gross."
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Rob Landerman, of Woodland Empire Ale Craft, commences the shotgunning in the Boise Weekly Headquarters parking lot.
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A textbook puncture.
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In it to win it.
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Nary a drop spilled on his shirt.
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Paul Thomas, of Sockeye Brewing, drains a Rainier.
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Crooked Fence Assistant Brewer Aaron Haws illustrates proper post-shotgunning flair.
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Post taste-test, the judges are no worse for wear. Left to right: Paul Thomas, Sockeye Brewing; Lance Chavez, Boise Brewing; Cory Walz, Sockeye; Rob Landerman, Woodland Empire Ale Craft (nealing); Kerry Caldwell, Edge Brewing Co.; and Aaron Haws, Crooked Fence Brewing.
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The aftermath in BW's conference room.
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The panel convenes. Beers to be blind-tasted: Budweiser, Coors Light, Keystone Light, Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Rainier.

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