There's so much good about the BJCP style guidlines, that it's difficult to know where to start. Here's a try.
- They start at number 1.
- They are innovative and forward-facing. (I got that one from "Management bullshit for idiots".)
- They cement the beer world in the mid-1970's - just when I started drinking.
- They inspire insights like "this beer is too roasty for a Porter".
- They don't mis-define Czech lager styles. They don't realise they exist. I promise not to tell them about them if you don't.
- When I'm bored at work, browsing them provides endless amusement.
- They are imaginative. They've invented whole families of beer styles. Think Scottish Ales.
- No-one in Belgium pays the slightest attention to them.
- They combine Belgium and France (styles 16 A to E) - something the Congress of Vienna was determined to prevent.
- They finish at number 28, having used all the integers from 1 upwards.
Tears of laughter prevent me listing any more. Tears, at least. Just the boring sort: tears of despair.