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Top 10 Sipping Beers

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The Best Beers for Sipping

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 deep black, 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. All are full-bodied sipping beers that invite good company and contemplation. For best results, serve in a snifter, goblet or stemmed wine glass at no colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

by Bob Barnes


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