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May/June 2018, Issue 36

Issue #36 of The Beer Connoisseur has all the brew that’s fit to drink, headlined by a conversation with craft beer founding father Jim Koch of Boston Beer Co. regarding the company’s Brewing the American Dream initiative, which helps burgeoning craft breweries and other small businesses get the boost they need to succeed in today’s extremely competitive market.

Beyond that, we profile the new brewing heritage in Austin, Texas, as three storied brands with interesting backgrounds – Celis, Uncle Billy’s and Pedernales – are creating a craft beer landscape in the heart of Texas that combines history, local loyalty and tasty brews.

We then head northward to New England with Seth Levy, who offers up the finest combinations of New England Burgers and Beer, showcasing the best examples of regional burgers paired with excellent craft brews from the region.

Jim Dykstra drops in to defend the downtrodden and put-upon American Light Lager style. Despite being the best-selling style in the U.S. and perhaps the singular style that people think of when they hear the word “beer,” craft beer fans scoff at this difficult-to-brew and neutral-flavored style.

After that, we have a trio of enlightening education pieces. First, Josh Weikert explains the differences between Sour and Wild Ales and offers some stylistic examples of each. Then Josh returns with an in-depth discussion of How to Host the Best Beer-Tasting Party that will keep attendees entertained and engaged.

Finally Jason Johnson delves into the topic of How to Cellar Beer – running through every aspect and element of what makes a successful beer cellar as well as what styles age the best.

So without further ado, I give you Issue #36 of The Beer Connoisseur.

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Jim Koch on 10 Years of Brewing the American Dream
The venerable founder of The Boston Beer Co. discusses the impact of the Brewing the American Dream program.

Austin's New Brewing Heritage
A trio of Austin breweries – Uncle Billy's, Pedernales and Celis – are ushering in a new brewing heritage in the heart of Texas.

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



What is Unfiltered Beer?
With the rise of hazy IPAs, unfiltered beers are more popular than ever. But what are they?

How to Host the Best Beer Tasting Party
A step-by-step primer on hosting the finest beer tasting party around.

How to Cellar Beer
Jason Johnson outlines the qualities of a good beer cellar as well as what styles can benefit from aging.





New England-Style Burgers and Beer
A classic pairing, these New England Burger and Beer pairings are sure to have you salivating in anticipation.

In Defense of Light Lagers
An impassioned treatise on why the American Light Lager style deserves praise (rather than disdain) from craft beer drinkers.

The Difference Between Sour and Wild Ale
Outlining the sometimes subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle differences between sour and wild ale.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Knee Deep Lupulin River, Fullsteam Foxfire, Monday Night Han Brolo and many more!

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

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