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Summer 2020, Issue 49

Summer 2020, Issue 49
Summer 2020, Issue 49

Welcome to the Summer 2020, Issue 49 of The Beer Connoisseur!

Beer has long been a popular drink, but just how long have some breweries existed? Jessie O’Brien answers that interesting question in The Oldest Breweries in the World.

COVID-19 remains the single biggest story on the minds of everyone around the world, so we had Dean Brightman, in his BC debut, check in on three California breweries of differing sizes to see how each of them has responded to this historic pandemic.

Kombucha is another category of beverages that has gained immense popularity over the past few years. But what actually is it? Seth Levy dishes on the varieties and recent history of this fermented beverage.

In another BC first, Marty Nachel, writer of Beer for Dummies, chimes in with an education story about the six-sided Brewer’s Star, which was once the universally recognized symbol of brewers worldwide. Why is it no longer the omnipresent symbol of beerdom? Marty has the answers!

What’s a summer without summer beers? Dionne Roberts, in her debut in our pages, offers up her list of 20 Great Summertime Brews, which features some classics as well as a few left-field choices that are sure to quench on a sunny day.

Gluten-free beers have long been gaining steam in the marketplace, so we enlisted Kristen Kuchar to provide a primer on this burgeoning segment. From sultry saisons to oatmeal stouts, being gluten-free isn’t just for pale golden ales anymore.

Want to do something proactive in quarantine using some of that built-up beer stash (other than drink it, of course)? Jim Dykstra provides an option in How to Make Beer Bread, giving you an easy-to-follow recipe along with specific brews that lend themselves to flour-slinging.

David Kriso returns with another travel-focused story about the Top 16 Places to Drink beer in New Jersey. Featuring a few under-the-radar choices and multiple famed hotspots, this list has it all for those pondering travel to the Garden State (when it is possible, of course).

This issue also marks the first edition that has been released after we have unveiled our Beer Buyers Club Show Livestream and Podcast.

The Beer Connoisseur, in partnership with Tavour, promotes up to five highly rated and sought-after beers every Friday that are available for purchase on the Tavour app. BJCP-certified beer and mead judge and certified Cicerone® Doug Piper moderates the livestreams, in which the featured breweries and beers are discussed along with guided tastings from the brewers. The audio is then converted into podcast episodes so that listeners may enjoy the discussion and insights shared among the brewers and attendees.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS


From the Editor

Industry News
 

FEATURES

The Oldest Breweries in the World
Jessie O'Brien provides a list detailing the oldest breweries around the world.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Three California Breweries
Dean Brightman checks in on three California breweries of differing sizes to see how each of them has responded to the historic COVID-19 pandemic.

 

EDUCATION

What is Kombucha?
Seth Levy dishes on the varieties and recent history of this fascinating fermented beverage.

What is the Brewer's Star?
Why is the six-sided Brewer's Star no longer the omnipresent symbol of beerdom? Marty Nachel has the answers.

 


ADVERTISERS INDEX


 
 BEER TRENDS

20 Great Summertime Brews
What’s a summer without summer beers? Dionne Roberts offers up her list of 20 Great Summertime Brews.

An Intro to Gluten-Free Beers
Gluten-free beers have long been gaining steam in the marketplace, so we enlisted Kristen Kuchar to provide a primer on this burgeoning segment.

 

FOOD & TRAVEL

How to Make Beer Bread
Jim Dykstra provides an enjoyable quarantine activity by giving you an easy-to-follow recipe along with specific brews that lend themselves to breadmaking.

Top 16 Places to Drink Beer in New Jersey
David Kriso returns with another travel story involving the Garden State featuring a few under-the-radar choices and multiple famed hotspots.

 

REVIEWS

Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday, Lawson's Finest Little Sip, Rhinegeist Whiffle and more!

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

LIVESTREAM & PODCAST

Season 2, Episode 1
Kenny Allen, Co-Owner and Head Brewer of True Respite Brewery

Season 1, Episode 1
Mark Bjornstad, Co-Founder & President of Drekker Brewing & Chris Shields, Director of Education of Rhinegeist Brewery

Season 1, Episode 2
Michal Frankowicz, Head Brewer of Fort George Brewery, Dan Cady, Head Brewer of Mikkeller Brewing San Diego & Jeremy Roberts Founder of 903 Brewers

Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4
Jason Spaulding, Founder and CEO of Brewery Vivant & Derek Goodman, Head Brewer of River North Brewing Co.