Beer has long been a tool for greasing the hinges of communication – from first dates to the founding of the USA. In a time where divides feel greater and smiles seem harder to come by, its important that we not forget to appreciate the fact that any of us can sit around and share a beer at all. Especially during the holiday season.
To that end, we've got a host of sensory experiences, transcribed to transport you both outward -- to Sweden for a Great Taste Adventure, to Le Roeulx Belgium to Rediscover St. Feuillien, and inward for tales of palate exploration with our story on Gueze: The Champagne of Craft Beers, Spruce Beer, and of course, our industry-leading Beer Review.
You'll hear the roar of a barrel char in our final act of The Art of Coopering, and the delicate, sensual tones of The New Most Interesting Man in the World, who was kind enough to pour a bit of wisdom into our glass. Of course, we've got plenty more wisdom of our own to give you -- a treatise on the state of beer styles, a look at Oregon's Pfriem Family Brewers, and more news than you can shake a yule log at.
As always, we want to stress the importance of beer as a means for togetherness, inclusion and enjoyment of life. At the end of the day, beer is beer and people are people. We hope you enjoy the Holiday Issue of The Beer Connoisseur!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Most Interesting Man In The World - Numero Dos
As a connoisseur of all things, the new Most Interesting Man In The World has many stories to tell.
Spruce Beer: Old World Cheer For Any Time of Year
A Revolutionary-era style breathes a rejuvenating, piney breath on the nape of the bottle's neck.
The Art of Coopering Part III
Practical skills take on an air of magic when blessed with a skilled hand.
Gueuze: The Champagne of Craft Beers
Effervescent and complex, the Gueuze style serves as a perfect celebratory beverage.
Too Many Beer Styles
How beer styles are becoming too important (and not important enough) in American craft beer.
Sweden: The Great Taste Adventure
A Swedish brewer finds inspiration through exploration.
St. Feuillien Rediscovered
The best of the old world and new combine to tickle the tastebuds in timeless fashion.
Oregon: pFriem Family Brewers
An elegant brewery from one of America's best beer towns. Op uw gozendheid!
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Ninkasi, Flat 12 Bierwerks, Threes Brewing and many more!
Brewer Q & A
Brewers share secrets of their highest-scoring beers.