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It’s been another challenging year for hospitality, for get-togethers, for travel, and thus for beer—yet despite it all, our blind review panel, editors, and writers at Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine® have tasted through thousands of beers, meticulously cataloguing our opinions to arrive at what we believe are the very finest. That yearlong process culminates in the December-January issue, which features the Best 20 Beers in 2021. (It’s available now.)
In this annual special edition of the podcast, we share the stories behind the selection of these 20 pinnacles of craft brewing, and we walk through the results of our reader survey in which you shared your thoughts on the top beers and breweries right now.
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