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Spring 2019, Issue 41

This Spring 2019, Issue 41 edition of The Beer Connoisseur is chock-full of beery goodness and plenty of interesting stories to imbibe.

First up is a mammoth undertaking by Pat Evans, as he ranks all 50 states by the best beer – taking into account important metrics like breweries per capita, economic impact of beer and more.

Then, Ryan Newhouse explores the 20 best beers to enjoy if you’re practicing the strict keto diet, which aims to cut out carbohydrates almost completely.

Beyond that, a trio of education pieces are featured starting with The History of Samuel Adams Utopias, the famed barrel-aged, 20+ percent ABV creation of The Boston Beer Co. Next is an in-depth piece defining and outlining the differences between India Pale Ales and American Pale Ales.

Lastly, Martyn Cornell goes in-depth with one of the most famous beers and breweries in the world: Guinness. Martyn examines the hundreds of years of history surrounding this brewery, with detailed descriptions of brewing processes, the history of various beers and much more.

Beyond that, we have the complete guide to beer holidays from National Bock Beer Day to Crush a Can Day, and two interesting industry-focused pieces based on sales data from 2018. These stories look ahead to this year while also exploring some notable figures from the changing sales landscape.

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All 50 States Ranked for Beer
The U.S. is full of amazing beer. But which state is the best when it comes to beer? Pat Evans uses multiple metrics to provide his thoughts on this topic.

The 20 Best Low-Carb Beers for Keto Diets
The strict keto diet looks to almost entirely cut out carbohydrates, which makes drinking beer quite difficult. These 20 beers are extremely low in carbs and high in flavor, allowing dieters to imbibe their favorite beverage while not breaking ketosis.

The History of Samuel Adams Utopias
An in-depth primer on one of the most interesting beers of all time (and one of the strongest), The Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams Utopias.


The Difference Between India Pale Ale and American Pale Ale
IPAs and APAs are two of the most popular styles in craft beer, but what exactly sets them apart. Find out in this story by Jessica Zimmer.

The Complete Guide to Beer Holidays
From National Bock Beer Day to Crush a Can Day, each year provides beer fans multiple opportunities to enjoy a delicious brew.

Everything You Need to Know About Guinness
Marty Cornell provides a thorough examination of one of the most well-known beers and breweries in the world: Guinness.





2018 US Import Beer Sales
An exploration of the import segment of last year's sales with data from IRI Worldwide.

2018 Consumer Beer Sales Analysis
What beer styles are trending upwards in 2019, and what styles slid in popularity last year? Jim Dykstra has all the answers in this in-depth analysis.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Bear Republic Sonoma Tart, Mother's Brewing Materfamilias, Short's Juicy Brut and more!

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

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