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Spring 2015, Issue 18

It's that time of year again... time for The Beer Connoisseur's spring issue!

In this, our 18th issue, Owen Ogletree profiles Larry Bell, the legendary founder of Bell's Brewery and craft beer pioneer. Jonathan Ingram keeps you up to date with IPAs as well as the glut of recent acquisitions and business dealings in the craft beer world.

Nora McGunnigle delves into the wonderful world of New Orleans-style gumbo brewed with beer, and we have the usual sections that you've come to expect from us: our expert review with Stone Brewing's delightful Cali-Belgique IPA, a list of spring seasonals and European News from across the pond and beyond.

Cheers and enjoy the 18th issue of The Beer Connoisseur!

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Industry News




Innovators Series: Larry Bell
One of brewing's most independent and talented practioners talks about the origins of Hopslam, craft beer's silent majority and how Bell's Brewery got to 320 employees – including daughter Laura.

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

Money and Craft
Does a rising tide of investors mean flavorful beer is here to stay? Bank loans, private equity and strategic purchases are changing the beerscape.



IPA: The King of Craft
Why the American IPA style and its offshoots stand head, hops and malt above all the rest.

Style Studies
Owen Ogletree explores how individual genius helped shape the American Pale Ale and Dunkel Weissbier styles.

Connoisseur’s Corner
A Visit To Craft Beer's Alternate Universe - by Marty Jones





Going For The Gumbo
Craft beer is the best pairing for gumbo since crawfish pie.

Brewing in Brazil: Cervejaria Colorado
There's a new pope in town in the brewing city of Riberão Preto.

Festivals & Events
From Portland to London, we've got you covered. 



Beer Review
The new season brings intriguing beers that offer taste and refreshment.

Seasonals & Hot New Releases
Coming soon to a beer store near you.


The European Report

European News
Belgium's Palm officially becomes a craft beer.


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