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Rainier, Olympia did OK in cheap beer rankings

A Deadspin writer's description of Olympia beer may not have been flattering, but it did well in his rankings. (Image courtesy the Olympia Beer Facebook page)

When it comes to the domestic draft, they have a bad rap. Sure in Washington we go ga-ga for our microbrews, but when the going gets tough and the tough drink all the Fremont Summer Ale before 4 p.m., you turn to the 'champagne of beers.' Or something worse.

As summer ramps up, Will Gordon at Deadspin decided to rank 36 of them: From worst to least-worst.

Two Washington beers made the list, and they're classics of course. Olympia came in at the 9th least-worst. Gordon said, "This one smells a little bit like the produce section of a carpeted grocery store, but it goes down pretty smooth otherwise."

Rainier fared slightly better as the 7th least-worst brew. According to Gordon, "This is on the sweet side of mediocre, but it's a bright, clean kind of sugar that tells soothing lies about freshness and purity."

The worst beer, which is probably no stranger to college dudes, is Keystone. Miller High Life - the champagne of beers mentioned earlier, did only a little better with a ranking of 31.

The best of the worst is a personal favorite of mine as a former Midwesterner: Premium Grain Belt. Even when "the good stuff" is on tap, if there is a bottle of Premium around, I'm game. "I always think of Minnesota as a secretly sexy place," Gordon wrote. "Toss in a smooth, creamy, and dreamy local budget brew like Grain Belt and it's a wonder Minnesota hasn't seceded to form its own naked blond utopia."

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