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Winter 2021, Issue 52

Welcome to the Winter 2021, Issue #52 of The Beer Connoisseur magazine!

Issue #52 is split into three sections. First off is our Industry Outlook, which explores the past year in the beer industry while also keeping a steady eye on what 2021 will bring. Stories featured within this section are 2021 Consumer Trends, 2021 Trends in Craft and 2021 Restaurant Trends.

The main course of the issue, as always, is our collection of the top-rated beers of the year compiled in our The Beer in Review section. which features the Top 100 Beers of 2020 as found in our Official Review. Then, we offer up the Best Beers of 2020 by Style Category, featuring notable popular beer styles in the year that was. Lastly, we provide our list of the Best Breweries of 2020, which features a returning favorite as well as some new names.

The issue closes with our Trends section, detailing Emerging Beer Styles for 2021, upcoming popular hops in The Hop Report and a look ahead with the National Beer Wholesalers Association with Industry Insights from the NBWA.

Of course, the issue wouldn't be complete without our Official Review, Brewer Q&As and Industry News, which allow us to present the viewpoint of judges, brewers and the industry at large.

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Industry News



2021 Consumer Trends
An exploration of IRI Worldwide sales data, which tracks some of the most popular beers by brewery and by style category.

2021 Trends in Craft
We analyze the numbers to report what happened in 2020 and see where the industry is headed in the new year. 

2021 Restaurant Trends
The most important changes for beer-focused restaurants including locality, the rise of cannabis and CBD, environmentally conscious cuisine and more.



Top 100 Beers of 2020
The best of the Official Review in 2020. Discover all the brew that’s fit to drink in this year-end beer celebration.

The Best Beers of 2020 by Style Category
The year’s best beer categorized by the most populated beer styles in the 2020 Official Review. A one-stop shopping list of the best brews on shelves today.

The Best Breweries of 2020
The year’s breweries that submitted the highest-scoring beers collectively. These brewers demonstrated mastery of their craft in 2020.





Top Emerging Beer Styles for 2021
Every year sees new styles rise and older ones fall by the wayside, and 2021 will be no different.

The Hop Report: Trending Hops for 2021
Without hops, beer would be far less interesting. Owen Ogletree outlines some of the trendiest hops to keep an eye on in 2021.

Industry Insights from the National Beer Wholesalers Association
An in-depth look at the beverage industry with data and interviews from the NBWA.



Official Review
Single-blind reviews from our panel of experts. Featuring Hardywood Christmas Pancakes, Abita Amber Ale, Wise Man Conceited Genius 2.0 and more!

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

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