The first thing that I did this morning was a search for the term “alternative to bjcp”. It yielded this four-year old post of Ron Pattinson’s by way of the frozen RateBeer discussion on the topic.
Ron lists ten things that he likes about the BJCP style guidelines. My favorite is number nine.
They combine Belgium and France (styles 16 A to E) – something the Congress of Vienna was determined to prevent.
One comment in particular really puts my argument on styles on point. Courtesy Alan (I assume McLeod, of A Good Beer Blog):
have you ever had a beer, smacked your lips after the first long pull and thought “my God, how wonderfully dead on style!”