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Spring 2018, Issue 35

It’s that time again! The Beer Connoisseur is back with its Spring Issue, and, as always, we have all the brew that’s fit to drink.

Our coverage ranges far and wide in this issue, as we start off by traveling over to Stone Brewing Co.’s new Stone Brewing Berlin location. Owen Ogletree speaks with Stone Berlin head brewer Thomas Tyrell about the challenges and benefits of brewing singular, hop-focused beers in Germany’s staid beer culture – ruled over with an iron fist by the rigid Reinheitsgebot.

Next up we have some more industry-focused pieces; one looking behind and one looking ahead. First up is analysis of 2017 Consumer Beer Sales via IRI Worldwide’s expansive market research. How did macro acquisitions affect the numbers? What styles were big sellers? What styles were not? We have it all for you within.

We follow that with a more forward-seeking article regarding the possible trends in the restaurant industry going into 2018. Capped by an in-depth discussion with Flying Saucer Draught Emporium’s founder Keith Schlabs, we explore what these hot trends mean for craft beer.

Have you ever wondered how hop usage affects your favorite beer style? What about why Mosaic has been such a popular hop in recent years? Tiffany Koebel has you covered in The Chemistry of Hops and Beer, a far-reaching and technical look at those joyous cones of lupulin (and what makes the beer world go ‘round): hops.

Jim Dykstra explains The Prestige of Kwak, the fascinating Belgian Ale from Brouwerij Bosteels that’s served in the most singular glass in the beer world – and perhaps the beverage world at large.

We also have the Top 20 U.S. Beer Festivals for Beer Geeks as well as Popular Beer Sizes, from nip cans to wood barrels.

Lastly, we take a trip to the dark side by looking at 17 Must-Try Beers for Whiskey Advocates, most of which are thick, pitch black Imperial Stouts that have spent time in whiskey barrels of some form. Bring your best hangover cure, as these boozy beauties are strong but also complex and engaging – just like any good whiskey.

We hope you enjoy Issue 35 of The Beer Connoisseur.

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Industry News



A Talk with Thomas Tyrell, Brewmaster at Stone Brewing Berlin
Tyrell discusses the challenges of creating Stone's signature beers a long way from Escondido.

2018 Restaurant Trends
What's hot in the restaurant industry in 2018, plus a conversation with Flying Saucer's Keith Schlabs.

The Prestige of Kwak
Pauwel Kwak by Bosteels Brewery has a backstory as interesting as its glassware. 

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



The Chemistry of Hops and Beer
Everything you need to know about beer's favorite plant.

Popular Beer Sizes
Cans, bottles, kegs and more!

How Long Does Beer Last?
Connoisseur's Corner with Pat Evans.





2017 Consumer Beer Sales Analysis
A deep dive into IRI Worldwide sales data, as well as styles and trends.

Top 20 US Beer Festivals for Beer Geeks
20 of the best festivals for the most passionate craft beer fans.

17 Must-Try Beers for Whiskey Advocates
Like whiskey and beer separately? Why not try these 17 beers that combine the two!



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Breckenridge Nitro Irish Stout, pFriem Vienna Lager, Ecliptic Starburst IPA, Heathen Epitaph and many more!

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


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