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Holiday 2018, Issue 39

The holidays will soon be upon us, which means it's time for a new issue of The Beer Connoisseur.

A sumptuous beer feast awaits you in our Holiday Issue #39, starting with Owen Ogletree, an expert on the subject of cask ale and real ale, who gives readers a sterling definition of one of the U.K.’s most important beer exports in What is Real Ale?

After that Jessica Zimmer, making her writing debut for The Beer Connoisseur, provides the definition of the wondrous world of gypsy and contract brewing in Gypsy Brewing and Contract Brewing Defined.

Then Jim Dykstra straps on the lupulin goggles and outlines the most interesting and popular hops to look out for in 2019 with The Hop Report: Trending Hops in 2019.

No holiday issue would be complete without a food story, and we have a terrific take on a holiday spread with Sherry Dryja’s Vegan Holiday Beer Feast – featuring delectable recipes as well as sterling beer pairings for the season.

We round out the issue with some best-of lists, including the Top US Skiing Destinations for Craft Beer Lovers by Kristen Kuchar, who provides some glistening snow-capped peaks that are in a craft beer-saturated city or have breweries on-site, as well as a lengthy list of the Top 91 Belgian-Style Beers that The Beer Connoisseur has ever reviewed.

Lastly, buying a gift for the craft beer fanatic in your life that is all over the latest releases from his favorite whale-filled brewery can be difficult, as they seem to know more about their particular passion than anyone. Why not check out our Beer Lover’s Holiday Gift Guide, which could provide you with some inspiration for what to get the craft beer lover in your life.

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What is Real Ale?
An expert in the subject, cask ale and real ale aficionado Owen Ogletree provides the answer to this question.

Top US Skiing Destinations for Beer Lovers
While craft beer and skiing don't mix in the literal sense (i.e. don't drink and ski), many popular skiing destinations are replete with multiple craft breweries too.

The Hop Report: Trending Hops for 2019
Without hops, beer would be far less interesting. Jim Dykstra outlines some of the trendiest hops to keep an eye on in 2019.

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



Top 91 Belgian-Style Beers
One of our most populated styles via our Official Review, we explore the Top 91 Belgian-style beers we've ever reviewed.

Gypsy Brewing and Contract Brewing Defined
Jessica Zimmer delves into the similarities and differences between gypsy brewing and contract brewing, while also defining them according to multiple purveyors of the form.

2018 Beer Lover's Holiday Gift Guide
It's the holiday season, which means it's gift-giving time! For the craft beer lover in your life, skip the research and enjoy our gift guide for beer lovers.





Vegan Holiday Beer Feast
The holidays are synonymous with great food that usually involves hearty meats and cheeses. Sherry Dryja offers an alternative with a delicious Vegan-friendly holiday spread.

Will Hazy IPAs Go the Way of Pumpkin Beers?
Jonathan Ingram's Connoisseur's Corner dissects the dichotomy of the public's changing tastes in regards to Hazy IPAs and Pumpkin Beers.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Odell Jolly Russian, Rhinegeist Truth, Brauhaus Riegele Augustus, East Brother Oatmeal Stout and many more!

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

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