It seems like just yesterday that Michael Lawrence was on stage at World Cafe Live “icing” previous Philly Beer Scene event host’s Joe Gunn and Curt Decker, but in just over a month, the local craft beer community will once again gather at World Cafe Live for the red carpet affair, as we announce the winners of the 2015 Best of the Philly Beer Scene Awards. Before that can happen though, the local craft beer drinkers need to provide their thoughts on who deserves to win and cast the vote that will decide who will take the stage on May 19th.
As in years past, the nominees have been chosen by the local craft beer industry. A few hundred people who work within the industry, consisting of brewery, bar, retail, and wholesale employees and local media, were surveyed and asked to provide nominations in each category. To keep things as fair and unbiased as possible though, people were only allowed to make nominations in categories that didn’t directly affect them. For instance, if you worked for a local brewery, you were not allowed to make a nomination in any beer categories. Once all the nominations were received, the votes were tallied and the top six from each category made the final ballot. In some instances where there were limited options to begin with, such as Homebrew Shop of the Year, all possible candidates were placed on the final ballot. The nominees are the opinions of the local beer community and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Philly Beer Scene.
Another aspect of this that is worthy of note is what defines “local.” Local has a different meaning to everyone you ask. Because of this we had to create guidelines to determine which breweries fit that term. These guidelines are by no means definitive, but they are the basis in which nominations were made.