Reader feedback: Any research grants available?

Re: The great Slovak beer taste-off, By Tom Philpott,June 23-29, Vol 9, No 24

Firstly, I would like to applaud the staff of The Slovak Spectator for so selflessly conducting what must have been a demanding research project, and for passing on the invaluable information to us readers.

While I understand that the results came from an extensive (and undoubtedly scientific) blind tasting, I was rather surprised to find Stein receiving top honours.

I have found Bratislava's beer to be wildly inconsistent, ranging from pleasantly refreshing to completely undrinkable, but never really free of the chemical taste of Bratislava's water.

Through no small personal experience, I have found that the beers coming from the Šariš brewery maintain an extremely high level of quality and consistency, and (at least to me) are quite a bit better than much touted Czech brews like Budvar or Staroprameň.

One thing is sure - more research on this topic must be done. Does anyone at The Slovak Spectator know if any grants are available for pursuing this noble purpose?

Fero Nagy,
Bratislava

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