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Winter 2024, Issue 70

Winter 2024, Issue 70

The Beer in Review

Hello all and welcome to our annual, year-end edition of The Beer Connoisseur® magazine! This issue, as always, reflects the past year in beer with our trademark reviews, feature stories and wrap-up lists – showcasing the best breweries, beers and beer styles of 2023.

2023 held notable news across the board for the beer industry, including tragic stories (the shuttering of legendary craft brewery Anchor Brewing Co.), surprising stories (the rise of non-alcoholic beer) and stories of mega-beer boycotts (the Bud Light boycott by conservatives that caused it to fall from its sales throne).

Beyond all that, brewers continued to push the boundaries of brewing and produced an impressive number of top-flight brews, which we have aimed to highlight in our year-end Beer in Review winter edition.

Our Official Review saw a striking 12 World Class beers get reviewed, including one of only six scores of 99 that our judges have ever had the privilege to review. This marks two straight years that we have reviewed a beer that reached that lofty score. The beer scene is still thriving, despite near-constant rumblings of potential setbacks due to increased competition, market saturation and more.

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Fall 2023, Issue 68

Fall 2023, Issue 68

Welcome beer lovers! Explore scintillating stories about beer's ancient origins in Sumeria, discover some of the famous beer drinkers in history, learn everything you need to know about hops and much more.

Hello readers and welcome, once again, to another edition of The Beer Connoisseur magazine!

Want to know who brewed the first recorded beer? Check out our Ancient Origins: Beer's Mesopotamian Beginnings story. Sumerians started the tradition of beer brewing and drinking around 4000 BCE! Modern brewers have also started to explore using those historical recipes in recent years.

Beer has been made famous by many celebrity drinkers over the years, and our Famous Beer Drinkers in History story showcases the most notable beer fans ever. Where else on the internet will you find a story that features legendary British monarch Queen Elizabeth I right next to MLB Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs?!

There’s nothing like a good cocktail to help ring in a new season. Perhaps you should Embrace Autumn with These Delectable Cocktail Creations thanks to a terrific story features intriguing autumn cocktails such as a Maple Bacon Bourbon Old Fashioned, a Pumpkin Spice White Russian, a Mulled Wine Martini and many more. Happy drinking!


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Summer 2023, Issue 67

Summer 2023, Issue 67

Welcome beer lovers! Immerse yourself in the best summer beers of 2023, explore an educational story about a fascinating alternative adult beverage, the Finnish Long Drink, discover an article about celebrity spirits brands and much more!

Welcome back readers, to this, the Summer Issue 67 of The Beer Connoisseur® Magazine!

This issue starts off with an intriguing piece about Lonkero (aka Finnish Long Drink), the extremely refreshing and citrusy Finland-based ready-to-drink cocktail that predates the hard seltzer and canned cocktail craze by about 70 years! This fascinating Finnish beverage is experiencing a resurgence, so grab a (long) drink and read all about it.

Celebrities have long looked to the world of food and drink to further their brand, and our Sips from Celebs story showcases a selection of 17 liquor and spirits brands that are either owned by or have partnered with notable celebrities, such as Bob Dylan, Matthew McConaughey, Metallica and more!

While white wine, hard seltzer and smooth cocktails abound during the summer months, beer is always a popular choice as temperatures heat up. Check out 12 Thirst-Quenching Beers for This Summer if you need some inspiration for poolside sipping.

Everyone likes a refreshing cocktail during the sultry summer months, so we have a story about The Art of Creating Delicious Ginger Beer Cocktails at Home that is sure to offer up some terrific tipples to imbibe while you're chilling by the pool, hosting a family barbecue, or simply hanging out with your friends out in the summer sun.

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May/June 2023, Issue 66

May/June 2023, Issue 66

  

Welcome back readers! We are back for the start of a new month with a brand-new edition of The Beer Connoisseur® magazine!

The issue starts off with one of our highly read best-of lists. This list highlights the Top 42 Lagers our judges have had the pleasure and privilege to imbibe over the course of history. There are a few surprises in store within the piece, so be sure to check it out.

We explore some of the best alcohol subscription clubs around with our 18 Great Alcohol Subscription Clubs for Enthusiasts story. From wine to bespoke cocktails alongside whiskey, gin and, of course, beer, this list has plenty of options for fans of any booze.

Martin Thibault takes a trek to the insular northeastern region of Lithuania to discover The Secrets of Lithuanian Farmhouse Brewing in the country, which is highly secretive and highly competitive. It’s worth it, though, as the beers created via this method are truly one-of-a-kind and unforgettable, as Martin conveys.

Everyone likes beer and ice cream, right?! Well, with that being the case (save for our poor lactose-intolerant friends and celiac sufferers), our story on Beer and Ice Cream Recipes. This article provides multiple ways to combine these two famed warm-weather treats, including beer floats, beer sorbets and more!

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Spring 2023, Issue 65

Spring 2023, Issue 65

  

It’s that time again, readers! Issue 65 of The Beer Connoisseur magazine has arrived, and with it, all the brew that’s fit to drink as spring is almost upon us following the long, cold months of winter.

We’ve got a bevy of beverage-related stories, as we branch out from the world of beer into spirits, barley water, interior design and much more in this thrilling issue of the magazine.

Famed artist Ralph Steadman, of Flying Dog Brewery label artwork fame, discusses the process behind creating terrific beer labels as well as his career creating zany art – and working alongside his good friend Hunter S. Thompson.

Have you ever wondered where the name “Moscow Mule” came from for the famed cocktail? We’ve got a story that delves into this fascinating beverage and explores its history, ingredients and even some of its controversies throughout history.

The Japanese craft beer scene (aka ji-biru) has grown considerably in recent years. Martin Thibault travels to the Land of the Rising Sun and enjoys some terrific Japanese craft brews made from fresh, unique and local ingredients, which produce beers that represent the fascinating land where they were born.

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve got some delectable Irish-inspired recipes that are sure to satiate the appetite of those who’ve been pounding green beer all day to celebrate the holiday.

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Winter 2023, Issue 64

Winter 2023, Issue 64

The Beer in Review

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for us at The Beer Connoisseur to reflect on the year that was in 2022 with our year-end print edition.

2022 finally resembled something of a “normal” year after the doldrums of two years of COVID-related strife. Taprooms, bars, and breweries were all back to normal operating hours – though there definitely were fewer of them as the long COVID layoff caused a number of them to shut their doors permanently.

Still, though, innovation in beer and brewing was high, and popular new styles continued to crop up – including the continued rise in popularity of lagers, specifically imported lagers and Mexican lagers. Those trends and more – including non-alcoholic beers, THC/CBD beverages, and cold IPAs – can be found within this issue in our year-end Trends story by Jim Dykstra.

Last year was a terrific one in terms of our Official Review as our judges evaluated a record-tying 13 beers that achieved World Class ratings of 96 or above. Furthermore, one beer achieved a near-perfect rating of 99 – making it one of only five other beers in our history to reach those lofty heights in our Official Review.

For our Breweries of the Year story, our top Brewery of the Year is from New England and is known for its high-quality IPAs, stouts, and maple ales – hopefully, those hints aren’t too precise, so read on to find out who won!

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Holiday 2022, Issue 63

Holiday 2022, Issue 63

We’ve got a stuffed stocking full of stories and goodies for good girls and boys in issue #63 of The Beer Connoisseur® magazine, whether you be a diehard beer fan or someone who just dabbles in the arts of imbibing a quality brew.

Our cover story profiles pioneering Atlanta area restaurateur and craft beer retail expert Kraig Torres, who has reshaped the bottle shop market in the region with Hop City, while also opening up some highly successful restaurants in the form of Boxcar and Barleygarden. Owen Ogletree sat down with the jet-setting entrepreneur to discuss his efforts in the area.

Staying in the world of notable entrepreneurs, we spoke with Founders Brewing Co.'s Co-Founder Dave Engbers as his company celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

As always, this issue features a selection of “What We’re Drinking Now,” which highlights some wonderful brews that we’ve reviewed in years past – this time focusing on rich holiday styles that will pair well following a post-Thanksgiving family hangout or with cookies left out for Santa (he won’t notice, right?). We also feature a selection of five high-scoring beers from issues past that deserve a spotlight during the holiday season.

The holiday isn't complete without some tasty nosh, so Chef Elissa Oliver joins us to provide a recipe for chocolate stout cupcakes that is sure to make your mouth water.

Beyond that, we detail the fun sports, music, arts, entertainment and beer/spirits events near you that are sure to have your yuletide spirit peaking at just the right time.

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Fall 2022, Issue 62

Fall 2022, Issue 62

Welcome to Issue #62 of The Beer Connoisseur Magazine!

Our cover story focuses on the booming film industry in Georgia and elucidates how Georgia has coaxed film companies to produce their films here. In the story, Kurt Spurlock lists notable past and future productions in the state – as well as memorable beer appearances in Georgia films.

Just like last issue, we detail some high-scoring beers that are perfect for the fall season. Then, we feature a selection of “What We’re Drinking Now,” which highlights some wonderful brews that we’ve reviewed in years past.

We highlight Pontoon Brewing’s fun Halloween-themed Nightmare Fuel fruited sour via a conversation with head Brewer Chris Baratz. This blood-red brew is sure to be a treat for spooky holiday parties.

One of the most entertaining beer festivals in the U.S. takes place every weekend in September in the north Georgia mountains of Helen – Oktoberfest! The 2022 rendition of the event marks the 52nd annual occurrence of the festive occasion.

A brewery tour of Mutation Brewing in Sandy Springs, Georgia follows that up. This up-and-coming brewery crafts a wide range of styles – including the tart South American chicha style. Following that, we feature a fun pancake recipe that features everyone's favorite beverage: beer!

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Atlanta / Georgia Edition: Fall 2022, Issue 2

Atlanta / Georgia Edition: Fall 2022, Issue 2

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Atlanta / Georgia Edition: Fall 2022, Issue 2

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Summer 2022, Issue 61

Summer 2022, Issue 61

  

Welcome to Issue #61 of The Beer Connoisseur Magazine!

What We’re Drinking Now is a new segment in the magazine that will serve as an ongoing series highlighting some of the beers we’ve been enjoying recently. These beers will usually be stylistically or thematically tied to the time of the year or season in which the issue is being released. For this edition, sultry summer sippers are all the rage!

We check in with Arches Brewing’s Co-Founder Jeff Dake on his brewery’s exceptional Yurei Japanese-style lager, which was highly rated in our Official Review.

Iron Hill Brewery opened its second location in Georgia recently, and Jim Dykstra traveled to the venue and sampled the brewery’s wares. Read on to follow in his footsteps.

With good beers being reviewed by our judges on a daily basis, sometimes terrific ones slip through the cracks. These five summertime beers that achieved World Class and Exceptional ratings are sure to keep you satiated throughout the season.

NFTs are all the rage these days, so, of course, the beverage industry had to get involved at some point. These examples of beverage industry NFTs are sure to make a splash in the marketplace.

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