Dear Beer Aficionados,
It’s pretty clear that 2016 was an interesting year in so many ways. But we’re only going to talk about beer here.
Big and small breweries merged, purchased one another or embarked upon strategic alliances. Jimmy Fallon joked about the crazy number of pumpkin beers available. And when the growth trajectory of craft beer slowed to a very good, just not astronomical pace, people wondered if the entire category would somehow vanish.
Well, level heads eventually prevailed and we can say without hesitation that great beer is here to stay, because lots of people want to drink it. In fact trends (which can sometimes be passing fancies) are going wider and more in depth.
We still love fruity ales and hoppy IPAs. There’s no shortage of demand for sessionable lagers and ales, with flavor to spare. Then there are thirst-quenching sours – very popular with your friends at DL – and barrel aged beers that are affordable and perfect for this time of year. You get the gist, variety and quality aren’t going
On that note, we redirect your attention to this winter 2017 edition of Draught Lines. Lew Bryson takes you on a virtual tour of California breweries, we present you with a selection of beer bars suitable for Valentine’s Day and there’s even a quick, fun quiz to id which beers match your personality.
Find a cozy corner to curl up with this magazine, drink good beer and enjoy all the good things that life has to offer.
The Draught Lines Editorial Staff