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2013 British & North American Ale Styles
The Changing Definition of Balance

By Thomas Sulinski

Each year the first round of the World Beer Championships is reserved for British and North American ale styles. Following trends of years past, we continue to observe expanding diversion between these two great banners of beer. While British-style ales typically seem to hold a reverence for austerity and balance, it’s here that many American-style ales tend to buck British tradition, becoming beers of their own definition.   more >>


2012 Specialty Beers
The Oz of Beers

By Tom Sulinski

You don’t need to be caught in a tornado to be brought to a new place where the landscape is suddenly unfamiliar and strange – it’s already in your backyard, my friend. No Dorothy, no Tin-Man and certainly no Wicked Witch necessary, this strange place is in a bottle.   more >>


The New Standard
Specialty Beer Evolution and Revolution

By Tom Sulinski

Each year at the World Beer Championships, we open our doors and prepare our palates, for what we like to categorize as “specialty beers”. This session always brings forth a discussion of what exactly specialty beers are, and more so, how this changing definition of specialty beers attributes to the overall landscape of beer.   more >>