For our first-annual Best in Beer issue, we asked thousands of you about your favorite beer writers and glassware, trends you think will last, how you drink, and how much you drink. Read on for your top picks.
Your Favorite Beer Writer
It’s no surprise to us that the author of How to Brew and Water—A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers remains your favorite beer writer—in our pre-survey office pool, he was the odds-on favorite to win the category. Palmer’s problem-solving mindset from his experience in metallurgical engineering gives him a technical background that’s really hard to beat.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Mosher’s creative career as a graphic designer informs all of his writing, and his books are clear favorites of both yours and ours—immaculately organized, gorgeously presented, and thoroughly researched. His most recent book on brewing―Mastering Homebrew: The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer―deserves a spot on every brewer’s bookshelf.
The veritable godfather of homebrewing, Papazian has spent his life helping legalize it and make it better. The result is a generation and a half of homebrewers and professional brewers who have all been influenced by his classic The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.
As developer of Beersmith homebrewing software, Smith is intimately aware of all the ins and outs of recipe and technique. But his podcasts, weekly emails, and column in this magazine are chock-full of great brewing tips.
In his books Brew Like a Monk, For the Love of Hops and Brewing Local American-Grown Beer, Hieronymus has covered quite a range of topics, but he’s always done it with a depth that’s hard to match.
There are plenty of options for glassware to hold your beer, but you have clear favorites.
Which Trends Will Last?
Is it a trend with the stamina to stick around, or is it a here today, gone tomorrow fad? You weighed in on four beers styles riding the bubble, and while the prognosis looks great for New England–IPAs, you don’t foresee the same staying power for quick sour beers.
How Much Do You Drink?
We asked how many beers you typically consume over the course of a week, and the vast majority of you, unsurprisingly, consume 1–2 beers per day.
The number of you who use Untappd to track and rate the beers you drink: 50%
The percentage of all survey respondents who use a digital tool or site for tracking beers consumed: 91%
Favorite Drinking Activities
For many, beer is a social lubricant and element of other activities, not the activity itself. Here’s what you said you enjoy most while drinking it.
- Hanging with Friends
- Watching Sports
- Blind Tasting
The first annual Best of Beer 2016 issue of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® (December/January 2017) is available now. It features reader, contributor, and editor selections for Best Beers of the Year, Best Breweries of the Year, Best Homebrew Gear of the Year, and much more! Plus, we explore New England–style IPAs and introduce more up-and-coming breakout brewers. Subscribe today or order your single copy.
Rethinking Bitterness In Dry-Hopped (Hazy) Beers
Past research has shown that more extreme dry-hopping regimens can reduce IBUs in beer made with kettle hops bittering, New Belgium Brewing’s Ross Koenigs suggests that dry hopping without kettle additions can add far more IBUs than previously thought.
Podcast Episode 37: Lawson’s Finest Liquids’ Sean Lawson: Delivering a Clear and Expressive Hops Experience from Brewhouse to the Consumer
In this episode Sean Lawson talks about their stages of growth, the challenges and opportunities they’ve navigated through, his preferences for hops blending, and much more.