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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

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Expert Lessons

Chef Stephanie Izard of Chicago’s Girl & the Goat is a grilling genius. Here, she gives a tutorial to her husband, a craft-beer expert—and he returns the favor with a pairing lesson.

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Drink This Now

It's important to remember that beer, when you come right down to it, only requires four ingredients: Water, a starch, yeast and hops. And if you ask F&W executive wine editor Ray Isle, the coolest of that quartet is the hops.

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Expert Guide

F&W's Kate Krader spotlights some of the country's best new breweries.

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Craft Beer

Here, three incredible new San Diego microbreweries including Ballast Point, which serves experimental beers and sausage rolls.

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Tasting Room
Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

Courtesy of Sierra Nevada

There are now more than 180 craft breweries putting their brew into cans (out of about 875 total, not counting brewpubs). And that’s a fine thing. I mean, it may be 20 degrees outside, but you’ve still got to drink something at the beach, right? Here are 5 great canned craft beers. »

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© David Tsay

© David Tsay

It’s possible you may have missed it, but just before Christmas a team of scientists in Seattle managed to determine the absolute configurations of isohumulones in beer!

Relieved, aren’t you? Me too. But no matter what you think, it’s evidence of sorts that people’s curiosity about beer knows no bounds; and in this case, their curiosity about how hops work.

Hops (the female flower of the hop plant) impart bitterness, and also—depending on the hop strain—resinous, piney and/or citrusy/tangy notes. Most beers have some hop character; over the years various craft brewers have also been obsessed with pushing the envelope of how hoppy a beer can get. In the wrong hands, this obsession can result in undrinkably bitter haaargh-water, but for a talented brewer it can result in beers that are delicious in large part because of their complete, crazy, in-your-face hoppiness. For the adventurous, here are 9 extremely hoppy beers that also happen to be extremely good. »

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