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Winter 2016, Issue 22

New Year, New Brews. But first, we take a look at the Top 100 Beers of 2015, along with over a hundred more from our Beer Review. Brewers weigh in on their high-scoring beers, and we test the waters of the Mallorcan beer scene before docking in Charleston for a divine tour of the old city's bustling beer scene.

Sherry Dryja brings you recipes to wow and woo with pairings to boot, and Jonathan Ingram delves into pairing whiskey while researching the holy origins of chocolate malt. You'll hear from venerated brewing luminaries behind some of the top U.S. breweries and see what they're doing to stay above water in an ocean of competition. We've got more content than you could wave a Crooked Stave at, but you've got all year to read. Sit back with your favorite six-pack and enjoy!

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Industry News



Innovators Series: Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas
How the skipper took a clipper and turned it into a craft juggernaut.

Brewing With: Fred Bueltmann
New Holland's Beervangelist lives and breathes the artisan movement. 

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

Pairing Whiskey and Beer
Jonathan Ingram leads a sensory expedition into uncharted beeritory. 


Top 100 Beers of 2015
The best beers we reviewed in 2015, starting with 12 world-class brews from Stone, Founders, Great Divide and more. 

Style Studies
We research the origins and history of Altbier and Specialty Wood-Aged Beer.

Moving Beyond the Beer
Breweries branch out to stay competitive.

Connoisseur’s Corner
Delve into the divine origins of chocolate malt. 





Sweets for the Sweet
Sherry Dryja shows you how to woo with brews. 

Traveling Connoisseur: Mallorca
Finding burgeoning beer culture in paradise.

Charleston Brewery Tour
New laws see Palmetto City reborn as a craft haven.

Festivals & Events
Warm up those winter blues with some terrific beer festivals.


Beer Review
Over 100 expert reviews including releases from AleSmith, Victory, Tallgrass and more!

Brewer Q & A
Brewers share secrets of their most highly rated beers.

Winter Seasonals & Hot New Releases
Tasty treats from 120 breweries nationwide, separated by region.

The European Report

European News
Musical yeast from Scotland, Belgians play the Gueuze, and a "New Wave" in German tastes.

Featured European Beers
Wet your whistle with these Belgian delights!