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Fall 2018, Issue 38

Autumn is on the horizon, so that means it's time for a new issue of The Beer Connoisseur.

In our Fall Issue #38 we have a detailed history of the life and brewing pedigree of Bruce Dickinson, a true renaissance man whose talents in both music and beer make him a perfect subject for us.

Next up, Owen Ogletree delves into the 9 Most Influential Hops of All Time. From Fuggles to Saaz to Mosaic to Citra, Owen gives us all the details on the lupulin-laden goodness that makes beer so interesting and flavorful.

Following that, we have a trio of education pieces about various facets of beer. First, we explore the most-used acronyms ascribed to a beer in Beer's Vital Stats: ABV, IBU, SRM and OG; though everyone recognizes these abbreviations, how do they add up to provide a clear picture of a beer that's being imbibed?

After that, Pat Evans defines what a Vertical Tasting is, while also providing examples of some of the best seasonal or limited-release beers to enjoy via a vertical tasting. Finally, Bryan Richards provides the history and fascinating backstory of The Lambic Basket, while also providing examples of tremendous soured Belgian ales that can be enjoyed via this wicker beer holder.

Rounding out our Fall Issue is a story by Jim Dykstra exploring the health of the craft brewing industry through the lens of the tertiary businesses that have sprung up surrounding (and augmenting) the industry at large.

Josh Weikert provides The Pros and Cons of Pumpkin Beers, and then I close out the issue with a walking tour of 4 Historic London Pubs.

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The Lambic Basket
An interesting and historically significant way to age Belgian sours, Bryan Richards elucidates the history and importance of this curious wicker beer container.

The 9 Most Influential Hops of All Time
Hops are perhaps the most important ingredient in beer. Owen Ogletree explores the 9 most influential hop varietals in brewing history.

Up Close with Musician and Beer Man Bruce Dickinson
An enormously talented and multi-faceted musician, brewer and all-around polymath, we explore the life and career of Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson.

Abita calls on the natural resources of Louisiana to produce
beers as distinctive as the Creole and Cajun cultures.



Four Historic London Pubs
A walking tour of 4 of the oldest and most historic public houses in London, with plenty of English beer imbibed to boot.

What is a Vertical Tasting?
A definition of one of the most interesting craft beer tastings one can undertake, as well as examples of some beers that make for terrific vertical tastings.

Beer's Vital Stats: ABV, SRM, IBU & OG
These acronyms save time when prospective buyers are deciding what to purchase. But what do they mean exactly?





Tertiary Beer Businesses Are Booming
A look at the health of the craft brewing industry through the lens of the numerous tertiary beer businesses that have sprung up around it.

The Pros & Cons of Pumpkin Beers
Whether you adore them or despise them, Pumpkin Beers are here to stay. Josh Weikert provides details on both sides of the argument.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Monday Night Don't Call it Hotlanta, Alesong Touch of Brett Mandarina, SouthNorte Agavemente and many more!

Brewer Q & A
Brewers share secrets of their highest-scoring beers.

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