Introduction All Hail the Mighty Beer

“In heaven there is no beer, that’s why we drink it here!” . . . Or so goes the old polka song. Beer has certainly come a long way in its long, many-storied evolution!

These days, beer is chic: brewpubs, microbreweries, and fine restaurants have elevated beer tastings to the status of wine tastings. Some might argue that beer is a more intuitive pairing for many foods. There are fewer “rules” to abide by when drinking beer than for wine. Ask any beer aficionado and he or she will tell you that a Newcastle Ale goes great with fish ’n’ chips. An ice-cold Corona takes the heat out of a fiery chiles con queso dip, since beer usually complements spicy dishes better than wine does. It’s not hard to understand that ...

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