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07.2010

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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NEW BEER STYLE GUIDELINES

The Brewers Association has released its 2O1O Beer Style Guidelines. Updated annually, the guidelines currently describe 14O styles of beer. For 2O1O, American-style Imperial Porter, American-Style India Black Ale, Belgian-Style Quadrupel, and Fruit Wheat Ale or Lager categories were added and defined, reflecting the emergence of these styles as popularly available in the US and other beer-drinking countries. The Brewers Association has provided beer style descriptions as a reference for brewers and beer competition organizers since 1979. The guidelines developed by the Brewers Association use sources from the commercial brewing industry, beer analyses and consultations with beer industry experts and knowledgeable beer enthusiasts as resources. Much of the early work was based on the assistance and contributions of beer journalist Michael Jackson. The revisions and additional styles will be used as the basis for the 2O1O Great American Beer Festival competition. The Style Guidelines are available for download in the Publications section of BrewersAssociation.org.

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