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Top 10 Sipping Beers

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The Best Beers for Sipping

Beer has a lowbrow, blue-collar image, so luxury beer can sound like a contradiction in terms. However, much like wine and spirits, beer has a diverse and delicious premium tier, where quality is valued over quantity. Fine beer is enjoying a renaissance worldwide, from international classics to American micro-brews, and demand for truly great beer is on the rise. The icons of style hail from great European brewing traditions, like those of Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Up-and-coming brewers in the "New World" are pushing the envelope too, dreaming up new categories and making world-class beers in their own right.

The finest brews range widely in color from straw gold to chocolate brown, but share tremendous flavor impact and a lingering, food-friendly finish. Most are strong ales that deliver heaping helpings of malty goodness and snappy hop bitterness. Others are bright beers brewed with fruit. But all are full-bodied sipping beers that invite good company and contemplation. For best results, serve these premium beers in a snifter, goblet or stemmed wine glass. Ideally, service temperature should be no colder than 50ºF. Price listed is average price per bottle.

by Bob Barnes

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Label of Three Floyds Dark Lord, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Craft Beers
Top 10 Craft Beers
Once referred to as microbrews, craft beers are often distinguished by fuller flavors, extra hops and higher alcohol content. Our list includes domestic and imported selections.

Top 10 Summer Beers
From wheat beers and fruit beers to summer ales and brisk lagers, our Top 10 Summer Beers offer a great way to unwind after a long, hot day.
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(Updated: 11/12/13 BH)

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