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May / June 2017, Issue 30

If you've ever turned the dial to your local public broadcasting television channel, then you're probably acquainted with the worldly travel guru and Bill Gates doppelganger Rick Steves, who has made it his mission to travel the globe and show Americans the faces and places they have never encountered.

Mr. Steves contends that everyone should see the world, and by doing so, will see their preconceived notions of other cultures melt into fascination and appreciation. When we break bread and clink glasses together, we're reminded of the common threads that bind the fabric of humanity. Walls crumble when glasses are raised in collective celebration.

With these thoughts in mind, we bring you our May / June edition, which emphasizes the exploration of aspects of culture outside of our own. Sherry Dryja returns with a traditional three course Japanese feast (brews included) that can transport you around the world without leaving your dining room, and Jonathan Ingram checks in with the low down for beer travel and transport, or "the other kind of flight".

Next, we give you the skinny on the FDA's updated nutrition facts and what they mean for beer, so you can stay light on your feet before trekking into the wild west of beer law, also known as Utah. 

We know travel is easier said than done. It's expensive and exhausting, and downright impossible for some, which is why we've still got all the reviews, Brewer Q&A's, news, and insight from industry leaders you need to survey the world of beer from the comfort of your own bar.

Wherever you are, we hope the May / June 2017, Issue 30 of The Beer Connoisseur finds you well. Pop a bottle and let it take you to a place of peace. 

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From the Editors

Industry News



Keith Schlabs: The Craft Beer Industry in 2017
The Flying Saucer mastermind talks the craft beer scene, changing beer lineups at restaurants and much more. 

Brewing With: Todd Usry of Breckenridge Brewery
The founder and CEO of Breckenridge Brewery sits down to discuss the success of his brewery's limited releases and pioneering Nitro series.

Enjoy Beer Souvenirs, Avoid Sticky Luggage
Jonathan Ingram charts a course for a succesful beer flight.


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


Preparing For Beer Transparency
Brewers across the nation prepare for an impending caloric assault.

Japanese Delicacies in a Breeze
Fresh fare from the Land of the Rising Sun, Paired with Golden Ale




Brewdoku: Craft by the Numbers
We attempt to piece together craft beer trends through a puzzling array of numbers and spreadsheets.

A Lack of Buzz in The Beehive State
Some of the country's zaniest alcohol laws come from Utah, which is in a battle of "Mormon" versus "more money."

Dovetail Brewery Tour
Chicago's "monks without vows" brew delectable Trappist styles with precision and clarity.



Beer Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Upland's Cursed Kettles, Anderson Valley's Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout and many more!

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

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