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May/June 2021, Issue 54

In this issue, we delve into a plethora of fascinating subjects, ranging from beer gifts to “super sniffers,” so we invite you to read on and discover the wondrous world of beer within our pages.

We begin with Dionne Roberts taking a look at what the day in the life of a head brewer looks like as she shadows Alyssa Thorpe, the head woman at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery in Denver, Colorado.

After that, Clayton Schuster details The Resurgence of the American Malt House as craft breweries continue to seek out the finest ingredients they can find – now available a bit closer to home than they used to be when it comes to malt.

Then, we offer an in-house look at 21 of the best beer gifts available for that beer aficionado in your life that seems to always hook you up with tasty brews. Return the favor with these charming and useful trinkets.

Carl Kins offers up a history of Italian Grape Ale – as well as a look ahead to how this style will continue to gain traction, and then Jim Dykstra returns with an education piece on the fascinating gruit beverage.

After that, we head back to Colorado with writer Jessica Zimmer to visit Greeley’s famed WeldWerks Brewing Co. and speak with the brewery’s “super sniffer,” Patrick Combs, who offers up his story as well as the way that aroma impacts beer more than any other element.

Pat Evans profiles the thriving craft beer scene in Virginia, which only continues to grow and is headlined by The Veil Brewing Co., Virginia Beer Co., Aslin Beer Co. and many more.

Lastly, Owen Ogletree provides a fascinating portrait of 13 beer styles that deserve a comeback in the marketplace, headlined by American Ambers, American Stouts, Wheatwines, Barleywines and more!

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A Day in the Life of Alyssa Thorpe, Head Brewer at Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
We shadow Alyssa Thorpe of Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery during a typical day at the office.

The Resurgence of the American Malt House
As brewers keep looking for the finest ingredients to produce their beers, high-quality malt can sometimes be found right in their backyard with these local maltsters.

21 Best Gifts for Beer Lovers
Give the gift of beer (or other beer-related items and services) with this list of 21 terrific gift ideas.



Italian Grape Ales: Why Grapes Aren't Just for Wine Anymore
Carl Kins details why craft brewers are looking to the wine world for inspiration with this spritzy and complex style.

What is Gruit?
A definition of the fascinating and ancient beverage known as Gruit, which has gained popularity in recent years.





Meet Patrick Combs, WeldWerks' "Super Sniffer" Secret Weapon
The "super sniffer" at WeldWerks Brewing Co. employs his gifted nose to weed out any imperfections that waft his way during the brewing process.



Exploring Virginia's Beer Scene
Virginia's booming beer scene is profiled in depth by Pat Evans in this travel story.

13 Classic Beer Styles That Deserve a Comeback
Craft beer is the best, but of what of famed styles that have fallen by the wayside? These 13 options deserve a second chance.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Wild Leap Lone Buffalo, Gnarly Barley Imperial Peanut Butter Korova, Pontoon Stigman Stavecation, Odell Kindling and more!

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

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