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Winter 2019, Issue 40

Welcome to the 40th edition of The Beer Connoisseur magazine – a landmark moment in the history of this publication and an exciting step into the future.

Whether you are a brewer or simply enjoy the art of drinking, we bring you up to speed on how the world of beer has turned in 2018 and where it’s going.

This edition is split into three sections. Our Industry Outlook looks forward to 2019 by providing the insider’s perspective on the industry from the viewpoint of the consumer, restaurants and the craft beer segment. All are explored at length with statistics, research and interviews from industry thought leaders regarding the future of the business.

For those wondering what to drink, the year-end celebration of the Official Review provides plenty of choices with our Top 250 Beers of 2018, ranging from Oud Bruins to Hazy IPAs. For the adventurous, we rank the Best Beers by Style Category. We also recognize the achievements of the brewers behind the year’s best beer with our Best Breweries of 2018 awards.

Lastly, our 2019 Trends section looks at the emergence of new popular beer styles, as well as how brewers are using new hop varietals to push the envelope in brewing a myriad of flavors.

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From the Editor

Industry News


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


Top 100 Beers of 2018
The best of the Official Review in 2018. Discover all the brew that’s fit to drink in this year-end beer celebration.

The Best Beers of 2018 by Style Category
The year’s best beer categorized by the most populated beer styles in the 2018 Official Review. A one-stop shopping list of the best brews on shelves today.

The Best Breweries of 2018
The year’s breweries that submitted the highest-scoring beers collectively. These brewers demonstrated mastery of their craft in 2018.





2019 Consumer Trends
An exploration of IRI Worldwide sales data, which tracks some of the most popular beers by brewery and by style category.

2019 Trends in Craft
We analyze the numbers to report what happened in 2018 and see where the industry is headed in the new year. 

2019 Restaurant Trends
The most important changes for beer-focused restaurants highlighted by a discussion with Keith Schlabs of Flying Saucer Draught Emporium about selection, local ingredients and more.

Top Emerging Beer Styles for 2019
Every year sees new styles rise and older ones fall by the wayside, and 2019 will be no different.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring pFriem Maple Barrel Aged Smoked Porter, Odell Rupture, Stone Tropic of Thunder and many more!

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

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