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Spring 2021, Issue 53

Welcome to the Spring 2021, Issue #53 of The Beer Connoisseur magazine!

Issue 53 kicks off with a deep dive into the state of beer media and journalism, much like our The Beer in Review annual print edition delves into the industry at large through a look at trends and sales in a variety of categories. Much has changed in our industry over the past few years, so we thought it was high time to delve into it in depth.

Following that, Jim Dykstra explores the role that beer has played in American history – from Native Americans brewing an interesting gruit-style beverage to the Founding Fathers being big-time beer fans.

Then, Marytn Cornell returns with another historical beer story, with this one being about the inspiring story behind the creation of America’s first craft brewery: New Albion Brewing Co.

Ultra-hazy IPAs continue to be among the most popular styles around the world, and High Density Hop Charges are one of the most interesting ways to exponentially increase the hoppiness in any given IPA. Dionne Roberts explores this burgeoning brewing technique with some of its progenitors and pioneers.

Yours truly chimes in with a definitive guide to all of the IPA styles that currently exist, something that should serve as an excellent reference for fans of this hopped-up, uber-popular craft brew style.

Seth Levy returns with a story on the rise of functional beers and how beers have long served as a post-exercise beverage to help replenish the body. Many breweries are beginning to see the appeal of having a brew after a strenuous workout, and Levy explores many facets of this sub-style.

Clayton Schuster makes his BC debut with this fascinating piece about how meaderies are becoming more and more like craft breweries in the way that they create, market and deliver their products to jaded craft beer fans. Myriad flavors and ingredients in meads make them just as interesting as their beery counterparts.

Lastly, Becky Stein delivers a food story with recipes from notable bistros and gastropubs around the country with terrific beer pairings. Enjoy!

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The State of Beer Media
A deep dive into the current state of beer media and journalism in 2021.

Beer in American History
From Native Americans brewing an interesting gruit to the Founding Fathers being big-time beer fans, America's favorite beverage has played a major role.



The Inspiration Behind America's First Craft Brewery
The fascinating story behind where New Albion Brewing Co. got its direct inspiration.

Are High Density Hop Charges the New IPA Trend?
Brewers are always trying to increase the level of hoppiness in their IPAs and DIPAs, and this innovative brewing technique might be the next step.

The Complete Guide to IPA Styles
A definitive collection of each and every IPA style available on the market today.





The Rise of Functional Beers
Seth Levy looks at the rise of functional beers, which are meant to replenish energy after a workout or strenuous physical activity.

The Beerification of Mead
While not as widespread as craft beer, craft mead is growing too in no small part to the influence of beer.



Four Great Bistros and Gastropubs with Recipes and Beer Pairings
Four delectable dishes from tremendous bistros and pubs around the U.S. with beer pairings.


Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Wild Leap Lone Buffalo, Gnarly Barley Campfire Coffee Stout, pFriem Estate Kriek and more!

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

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