One of the best things about beer is that it brings people together... depending on who you ask and how many snifters they've snuffed.
Competition within the industry is friendly and spirited, and at the end of the day you'll find everyone at the pub enjoying their fellow brewers' creations and offering constructive criticism. This is a sentiment at the core of craft brewing, and it's incredibly important to maintain. Craft has been defined to death but it's nothing without heart and soul.
This issue we cover many different brewers -- some hallowed, like Belgium's century and a quarter year-old Vander Ghinste, and some bright eyed and bushy ale'd, like New Jersey's Cape May Brewing Company, before we branch into adjacent industries for the lowdown on artisan glassware and its place in craft brewing.
We talk with the Beervangelist, Fred Bueltmann, who offers advice for growing a brewery in 2017's uber-competitive market, along with a message of collaboration over competition and quality over quantity which applies as much to everyday life as it does to beer. And of course, we've got the best reviews in the biz, accompanied with Brewer Q&A's, news and more, designed to elucidate and enhance your appreciation of the majestic bespoke suds we clamor for.
Have heart, and stay sharper than an elephant's tusk. Keep watch for the diacetyl. Cheers from The Beer Connoisseur!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Beer Review Mania: A Boozy Doozy
In an overstuffed beer review landscape, should there be more unity?
Talking Beer in 2017 with Fred Bueltmann
New Holland's resident Beervangelist sheds light on the ever-changing face of craft and the marketplace.
With unenlightened establishments serving beer in sinful chilled shakers, this education piece provides knowledge of different glassware styles.
Mr. Brettanomyces, Part II
The second part of our newest series, in which we meet the man behind the horseblanket, bedecked in sweaty leather, who's on the forefront of modern brewing.
TRAVEL & TRENDS
The Sweet Sours of Vander Ghinste
With 125 years of brewing history at its back, Vander Ghinste ensures every batch is an "Omerun".
Big Brews in Billings, Montana
Long known as a boomtown for oil, this Midwest city is now booming with artisanal ales and spirits.
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Heavy Seas' Below Decks, Cape May's The Scupper, Aspen Brewing Co.'s This Season's Blonde and many more!
Brewer Q & A
Brewers share secrets of their highest-scoring beers.