Jay has a Manifesto for Beer Samizdat where he not only explains the Samizdat name, but proclaims his blog's purpose. Point six in his Manifesto struck me in particular:
6. I will not make up smells nor flavors in the course of reviewing a beer. If you ever see me pretending that a beer smells or tastes of “freshly-baked sourdough banana/walnut bread”, or spouting any lie equally appalling, you have permission to stop reading the blog at once.I don't always agree with Jay's reviews (he's not a fan of Pliny the Elder, considered heresy in Beer Geekdom), although I agree far more often than not. I am looking forward to Jay updating his top 75 beers, so I can see what beers I should be trying. I also recommend reading Jay's Hedonist Jive blog where he discusses music, books, film among various topics. He has an opinion, so be prepared, but he encourages respectful debate. As the craft beer world expands from a small circle of beer geeks to mainstream acceptance, it will need chroniclers like Beer Samizdat, and hopefully this blog, pointing out the ridiculous and keeping it in line.