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Spring 2023, Issue 65


It’s that time again, readers! Issue 65 of The Beer Connoisseur magazine has arrived, and with it, all the brew that’s fit to drink as spring is almost upon us following the long, cold months of winter.

We’ve got a bevy of beverage-related stories, as we branch out from the world of beer into spirits, barley water, interior design and much more in this thrilling issue of the magazine.

Famed artist Ralph Steadman, of Flying Dog Brewery label artwork fame, discusses the process behind creating terrific beer labels as well as his career creating zany art – and working alongside his good friend Hunter S. Thompson.

Have you ever wondered where the name “Moscow Mule” came from for the famed cocktail? We’ve got a story that delves into this fascinating beverage and explores its history, ingredients and even some of its controversies throughout history.

The Japanese craft beer scene (aka ji-biru) has grown considerably in recent years. Martin Thibault travels to the Land of the Rising Sun and enjoys some terrific Japanese craft brews made from fresh, unique and local ingredients, which produce beers that represent the fascinating land where they were born.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got some delectable Irish-inspired recipes that are sure to satiate the appetite of those who’ve been pounding green beer all day to celebrate the holiday.

Looking to purchase beer or beer-related products online? We put together a list of the top online beer stores for those who know exactly what they’re looking for or for those who prefer to browse around for a while, exploring various products and finally settling on the one that looks right for them.

Are you planning on hosting a gathering or beer tasting party at your home soon? If you have a small place, the answer might be “no.” However, our "Tips for Transforming Your Small Space into an Ideal Area for Entertaining" might change your mind, as these tips and tricks will help you elevate your small space into a perfect area to host an unforgettable party.

Barley water is a refreshing drink made from barley grains that have been boiled in water. While it isn’t the most well-known liquid around, barley water is rising in popularity due to its health benefits and zesty flavor. Our "What is Barley Water?" story answers all the questions you may have about this intriguing drink.

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Ralph Steadman and His Wild Flying Dog Brewery Beer Labels
The joys, sorrows, controversies and craziness surrounding Ralph Steadman and his Flying Dog Brewery beer labels.

Moscow Mule: Everything You Need to Know
Ever wondered where The Moscow Mule got its name? This story has all the details you'll ever want to know about this wonderful cocktail.



The Blossoming of Japanese Beer
Martin Thibault relays his experience in Japan and expresses how their craft beer scene, while small, still delivers a meaningful and singular drinking experience.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with These Delicious Recipes Inspired by Ireland
Need something to pair with all that green beer? Chef Judith McLoughlin has you covered with recipes from her cookbook A Return to Ireland.

Best Online Beer Stores
If you're looking to purchase beer or beer-related products, these beer stores are the best places to start.





Tips for Transforming Your Small Space into an Ideal Area for Entertaining
Wanting to host a gathering or beer tasting party but think your place is too small? This article will prove that no space is too small when it comes to hosting an event.

What is Barley Water?
This healthy beverage is on the rise, and we've got all the details you'll need before you purchase your first bottle (or 12-pack).



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Wild Leap Alpha Abstraction Vol. 22, Ghost Hawk Apex Predator, Low Road Saison and more!

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

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