A quick run through of the poll reveals that the write in category is gone from year's past. (This means that you can't write this blog in for Best Beer Blog--the outrage!)
Clearly there needs to be more beer categories as the Readers Poll of 2011 demonstrates. Breweries took 6 categories last year, some in non-beer specific areas
Best Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Best Local Beer: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Non Brewery Specific
Best Gastropub: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Best Happy Hour, Tempe: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Best Sports Bar, Tempe: Four Peaks Brewing Company
Best Neighborhood Bar, Southeast Valley: SanTan Brewing Company
One hopes that the editors will add these categories and fill them in with sensible choices. It's already an opportunity lost for voters.
Reader's polls are not something that we'd be interested in here. Without trying very hard, I can think of at least a half dozen local beer awards that also have mainstream cross-over appeal. ASH seems like it is an informed and unbiased bunch. Perhaps I will see of they are up to the task.
* I should disclaim to all readers that are not my mother, that I serve as the ASH President.