What can I possibly say about this issue that it doesn't say for itself?
It's all about beer. Cold beer, at that.
While we take our mission at Boise Weekly seriously, sometimes we take it a little less seriously than others. This is not one of those times. Beer, as you all know, is very serious business. It's so serious, in fact, that we devote an entire feature--this year, that means 12 pages--to the existence of the brew.
Every year, someone asks me if we really go out and test every bar represented in Coldest Beer. The truth is, yes. Just ask those bartenders who see us year after year, dutifully drinking on the BW clock. It's a massive undertaking that takes more than a month to put together. As you have a look at the list of lucky testers, bear in mind that they endured many hangovers so that you, readers, would have the most comprehensive guide to cold beer you'll see all year long.
A big, resounding thanks goes to each of our testers, some of whom, like Jennifer Hernandez, have returned for the punishment year after year. Without them, we staffers would've had to do the testing and trust me, proofreading the paper before press while nursing a coldest beer hangover is the worst way to spend a Monday morning. And a Tuesday morning. Special thanks to tester Todd Dvorak, who heads up the Boise Associated Press bureau. We shanghaied him into beer service and sent him into the hinterlands of Ada County. Not only did he meet all his deadlines, but he was also the tester of the winning bar. (This honor should be worthy of some kind of prize ... maybe a case of beer?)
Although we take the accuracy of our testing quite seriously, we'd also caution you to realize we do it all in good fun. We also do it with a DD behind the wheel and suggest that you do, too.