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May/June 2020, Issue 48

Welcome to the May/June 2020, Issue 48 of The Beer Connoisseur!

Seeing as the entire world is being impacted by it, our top story is a deep dive into how COVID-19 is affecting the beer industry by Jessica Zimmer. We hope this well-researched and highly sourced story answers any questions you might have about the virus situation in our industry.

We also have a wide variety of education pieces broaching multiple topics. First, Owen Ogletree takes us down to the Big Easy to outline The Rebirth of Dixie Beer, then Stephen Staples outlines the interesting theory of Lupulin Threshold Shift, which entails hoppy beers “rewriting” your taste buds in interesting and unusual ways.

Following that, Jim Dykstra explore the fun topic of The Bubbling Science of Beer Foam, then Michael Maloney provides us details on What DDH Beer Is.

We close out the issue by outlining the Top 44 Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs that our judges have ever reviewed followed by David Kriso, in his BC debut, showcasing the Top 15 Places to Drink Beer in the Steel City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Lastly, we feature a new guest blog from Tavour detailing 10 Crushable Craft Pilsner Options to Replace Premium Lagers.

As always, no issue is complete without our Industry News, Official Review and Brewer Q&A segments, and Issue 48 is no exception.

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Industry News


The Global Impact of COVID-19 on the Beer Industry
Jessica Zimmer helms this well-researched piece about how the brewing industry is reacting to the COVID-19 virus.

The Rebirth of Dixie Beer
After decades away, Dixie Beer in New Orleans is back and better than ever. Owen Ogletree has the scoop.

The Theory of Lupulin Threshold Shift
This fascinating theory, coined by a craft brewing icon, is explored in-depth by Stephen Staples – someone who has experienced it firsthand.



The Bubbling Science of Beer Foam
Jim Dykstra provides the business behind the fizziness in beer.

What Is DDH Beer?
Michael Maloney gives readers a primer on Double Dry Hopped beers.




Top 44 Hazy New England IPAs and Double IPAs
These 44 New England IPAs and DIPAs received top marks from our judges in our Official Review.

Top 15 Places to Drink Beer in Pittsburgh
The Steel City is home to a plethora of top-tier watering holes. David Kriso outlines his 15 favorites.

10 Crushable Craft Pilsner Options to Replace Premium Lagers
A guest blog from our friends at Tavour, this list features plenty of lawnmower beers just as temperatures are beginning to heat up.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Black Lung Galaxie:503, Gnarly Barley Hypnic Jerk, Area Two Synopsis Red Fruits and more!

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

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