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Holiday 2019, Issue 45

In this issue, we offer up a multitude of stories on a broad range of topics, kicking off with beers that might wet Santa’s whistle on Christmas Eve. Then, Jessica Zimmer continues her excellently researched work with an in-depth profile of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

After that, Michael Maloney makes his debut in our pages with a continuation of our ongoing travel series by highlighting the Top 20 Places to Drink Beer in Brussels, which is not short on world-class beer establishments.

Kristen Kuchar dons her doctor’s smock (with a beer in pocket) to deliver the prognosis on the Best Foods to Promote Liver Health, so your body can stay healthy enough to keep on enjoying delicious brews for a long time.

Jessie O’Brien uncovers the secrets of past life regression therapy and how it is has impacted Barry Bialik of Thirsty Monk in Asheville, North Carolina with The Past Lives of Thirsty Monk’s Barry Bialik

Shirley Moskow also makes her debut in our magazine with A Beer Tour of San Antonio, Texas, which is made up of far more than just The Alamo and the Riverwalk. With plenty of terrific restaurants, breweries and bars, this Lone Star State city is a must-visit for beer lovers.

Speaking of beer lovers, John Holl showcases the truth about Christmas in the Big Apple with a Beer Lover’s Guide to a New York Christmas. Featuring plenty of tips from a local New Yorker, this piece is light on tourist attractions on heavy on hot spots for the discerning beer drinker.

Lastly, Jim Dykstra outlines Bier, Food and Gezellig with Lowlands Group, a Wisconsin-based restaurant group that features a bevy of interesting establishments that feel cozy and authentic.

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Beers to Leave for Santa on Christmas Eve
While cookies might be the most popular thing to leave for Mr. Claus on his big night, perhaps the big man might prefer a tasty brew instead. These beers would be perfect as he delivers gifts to all the good children.

Flying Saucer Celebrates 25 Years of Craft, Food and Fun
Texas landmark Flying Saucer Draught Emporium celebrates 25 years, and Jessica Zimmer sits down with Keith Schlabs and others to discuss the company's past, present and future.

Top 20 Places to Drink Beer in Brussels
Michael Maloney provides a list of the finest pubs, restaurants, bars and breweries to visit in the capital city of Belgium.



Best Foods to Promote Liver Health
Kristen Kuchar explores the best foods to eat in order to improve the health of one of the body's most important organs.

The Past Lives of Thirsty Monk's Barry Bialik
The founder of Asheville's Thirsty Monk delves into the impact that past life regression therapy has had on his life and career in beer.





A Beer Tour of San Antonio
Take a leisurely stroll alongside the Riverwalk as you visit some of the most notable beer-related hotspots in the home of the Alamo.

Beer Lover's Guide to a New York Christmas
John Holl takes readers on a beer-themed tour of the Big Apple during "the most wonderful time of the year." 

Bier, Food and Gezellig with Lowlands Group
This Milwaukee-based restaurant group is known for its unique approach to the industry, including a welcoming atmosphere of "gezellig."



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Monday Night Stranger Danger, Unibroue Don de Dieu, Samuel Adams New England IPA and more!

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

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