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Fall 2022, Issue 62

Welcome to Issue #62 of The Beer Connoisseur Magazine!

Our cover story focuses on the booming film industry in Georgia and elucidates how Georgia has coaxed film companies to produce their films here. In the story, Kurt Spurlock lists notable past and future productions in the state – as well as memorable beer appearances in Georgia films.

Just like last issue, we detail some high-scoring beers that are perfect for the fall season. Then, we feature a selection of “What We’re Drinking Now,” which highlights some wonderful brews that we’ve reviewed in years past.

We highlight Pontoon Brewing’s fun Halloween-themed Nightmare Fuel fruited sour via a conversation with head Brewer Chris Baratz. This blood-red brew is sure to be a treat for spooky holiday parties.

One of the most entertaining beer festivals in the U.S. takes place every weekend in September in the north Georgia mountains of Helen – Oktoberfest! The 2022 rendition of the event marks the 52nd annual occurrence of the festive occasion.

A brewery tour of Mutation Brewing in Sandy Springs, Georgia follows that up. This up-and-coming brewery crafts a wide range of styles – including the tart South American chicha style. Following that, we feature a fun pancake recipe that features everyone's favorite beverage: beer!

Something is always going on in the world of beer, and two news stories piqued our interest over the past few weeks. First off is Flying Dog Brewery and Stranahan’s Whiskey collaborating to release a beer and a whiskey in honor of the founder of both businesses: George Stranahan, a self-penned “pilgrimosopher.”

Then, after COVID shuttered them in 2020, Stoudts Brewing Co. in Pennsylvania returns this year thanks to help from fellow brewer Evil Genius Beer Co.


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The Georgia Film Industry Explained
Georgia's film industry is full of Marvel-ous characters, local beer and some even Stranger Things.

What We're Drinking Now
Check out these beers we've been enjoying recently, including awesome autumn pints.

Pontoon Brewing's Nightmare Fuel Fruited Sour is Spookily Satisfying
A spooky fall seasonal that arrives just in time for the ghosts and ghoulies on Halloween.



Helen Oktoberfest: Celebrating German Food and Drink for Over 50 Years
One of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in this hemisphere, Helen, Georgia's beer festival is a must-visit for beer lovers.

Five High-Scoring Beers to Try This Fall
Don't let these beers with World Class and Exceptional reviews slip through the cracks!

Mutation Brewing Co. Tour
This Sandy Springs space has mutated into an inventive and beautiful brewery.

Pancakes + Beer = A Match Made in Heaven
Do you like beer? Do you like pancakes? If you do, we have a recipe you'll love!





Flying Dog Brewery and Stranahan's Whiskey Honors Their "Pilgrimosopher"
A maverick in myriad fields, George Stranahan was honored recently by two businesses he founded: Flying Dog Brewery and Stranahan's Whiskey.

Following COVID-19 Closure, Stoudts Brewing Co. Makes Triumphant Return
Stoudts Brewing Co. was a pioneering craft brewer before it shuttered during COVID. Now, it's back thanks to another Pennsylvania brewery.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol. 21, Urban South Sunshine Haze Dream, Berlinetta Westphal Kölsch and more!

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


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