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Winter Specialty Beers
Throwing Guidelines Out the Window

By Thomas Sulinski, Special to Tastings

Each year we devote a session to ‘specialty beers’. This category is reserved for beers that don’t necessarily fit nice and neat into the confines of standard style guidelines. Some beers in this category are fruited, some barrel aged and others even gluten-free, but what they all have in common is that they’re brewed with the style guidelines thrown out the window.

This year we saw more barrel-aged beers than ever before.   more >>


Continental European Ales
A Continental Drift of Beer

By Thomas Sulinski

Geographically one of the smaller continents, Europe has arguably contributed more to beer than any other region. The birthplace of not just stouts, porters and English-style ales, Europe is also the origin of altbier, kölsch, saison and a myriad of Belgian styles.   more >>


British & North American Ales
Core Support

By Thomas Sulinski

We devote one session of the World Beer Championships entirely to British and North American ale styles that aren’t stouts or porters. Ranging from milds to barley wines and bitters to imperial IPAs, these are styles that appear in nearly every brewery’s portfolio.   more >>


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