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Winter 2017, Issue 28

As we plot a course for the uncharted waters of 2017, it's important to remain hopeful. Having something to look forward to is essential to health and happiness, and when you time it right, beer is as powerful a motivator as William Wallace's pre-battle speech in Braveheart.

We've got a host of places to go, people to meet and bottles to seek. 

But before we begin our journey into the unknown with heads and pints held high, we're going to remember the good times. That's right, The Beer Connoisseur's Top 100 Beers of 2016 are here, with enough superlative clout to keep you going for at least one senate term. We'll also drink in The Beer in Review, featuring Best in Show styles as reviewed by our judges, and other fun categories like Best Name. We can't forget the people behind the magic, either -- we'll rank the brewers who made everything okay in 2016 with our Brewery of the Year review.

That's just the tip of the Carlsberg. We'll introduce you to the most mysterious and often nefarious man in the brewing world, tell a "tail" for the ages, take you out west, give you some pointers for what's good drinking when the light on the snow is twinkling and cap it all off with an organic healthy serving of knowledge.

Join us as we take a deep breath, engage our retronasal capabilities and become one with the esters. Everything's gonna be okay. Exhale as you imbibe. Repeat. Happy 2017 from The Beer Connoisseur!

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Top 100 Beers of 2016
The highest rated beers of the year reviewed by our panel of judges. Enjoy the brewers perspective and judge's second opinions.

Breweries of the Year
Congratulations to 2016's brewers producing the best beers collectively as reviewed by our panel.

The Beer In Review
A look at the best brews in popular style categories reviewed by our judging panel. Also find other fun statistics and best of lists like the funniest names, best theme names and more.


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


Mr. Brettanomyces, Part I
In our newest series, we meet the man behind the horseblanket, bedecked in sweaty leather, who's on the forefront of modern brewing.

St. Bernards: A Tail of Licker Barrels and Heroism
Join us as we separate fact and fiction in the storied history of the Most Interesting Man's Best Friend in the World.

Organic Beer: The Natural Choice
Discover why many feel the right choice is what comes naturally.





Sonoma Calling
Connoisseur's Corner

Winter Style Recommendations
Think outside the Bocks with these "alt-wintry-night" beer styles.



Beer Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring pFriem's Frambozen, Jester King's Boxer's Revenge, Night Shift's Santilli and many more!

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


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