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Holiday 2015, Issue 21

In our Holiday issue we survey the ever-changing brewing landscape from macro to micro. Jonathan Ingram examines where passion comes into play for big brewers in Connoisseur's Corner, and we look at the bigger picture in Macrophobia. Not counting out the "little guy," Jay Brooks brings us an exclusive history of how Stone co-founder and CEO Greg Koch went from managing bands to managing brands, and we talk with Ska Brewing founder Dave Thibodeau before hopping across the pond to tour the charming Long Man Brewery.

On the festive front, Sherry Dryja brings us delicious Holiday Cheer, we toast to yuletide ales in Secret Sláinte, and count down the Twelve Days of Christmas in our Beer Lover's Gift Guide.

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Innovators Series: Greg Koch of Stone Brewing Co.
You can't get blood from a Stone, but you can get beer.

Brewing With: Dave Thibodeau
The upbeat Ska co-founder regales us with tales of the early days, and what it takes to strum up business.

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

Can there be peace within the world of beer? 


Style Studies
We look into the history of two great styles for cooler weather: Rauchbier and Tropical Stout.

Jameson Caskmates
Bask in the glory of Jameson's quadruple-lived casks. 

Secret Sláinte: Craft Beer for Christmas
Sometimes milk and cookies just aren't enough.

Guinness's New IPA 
One of Ireland's most storied breweries rolls out its first-ever IPA with a signature twist.

Connoisseur’s Corner
Jonathan Ingram asks, "Is passion for sale?" 





Holiday Cheers
Delicious bites with warming pints under twinkling lights. 

Vermont: Golden Sun and Suds
Our editors visit the state with the most breweries per capita. Drinking ensues.

Long Man Brewery Tour
A taste of the British countryside from the heart of Sussex. 

Festivals & Events
The holidays are a time for joy, happiness... and terrific beer fests.


Beer Review
Over 100 expert reviews including releases from Surly, Heavy Seas, Maine Beer Co. and more!

Brewer Q & A
Brewers share secrets of their most highly rated beers, including Jim Koch discussing Boston Lager.

Winter Seasonals & Hot New Releases
Tasty treats from 120 breweries nationwide, separated by region.

Beer Lover's Gift Guide: Twelve Days of Christmas
Gift ideas for the craft beer enthusiast in your life.

The European Report

European News
Snapshots from U.K.'s CAMRA, Westmalle says "cheese" in Belgium, and a merger is committed in the Czech Republic. 

Maisel and Friends
He brews beer with a little help from his friends.

Featured European Beers
Selections from famed breweries in Europe.


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