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November/December 2020

The November/December 2020 Zymurgy is now available! Check out the featured stories, such as Five Years of SoCal Cerveceros, Aging Mead, An Unconventional Approach For Brewing Strong Ales, 2020 Best Beers in America, and the Holiday Gift Guide!

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SoCal Cerveceros Homebrew Club

Five Years of SoCal Cerveceros

By Ray Ricky Rivera

In 2015, there were no Latino-focused homebrew clubs in the United States. Five years later, the SoCal Cerveceros are 200 strong and getting bigger. A culture of inclusion has been key to their success.

Zymurgy: November/December 2020

Aging Mead

Time does not heal all wounds when it comes to meadmaking. So what makes a mead worthy of aging? With little solid research available to supply advice, home meadmakers must rely on anectdotal evidence. Here, we explore some of those anecdotes.

Zymurgy: November/December 2020

An Unconventional Approach for Brewing Really Strong Ales

Much conventional wisom exists on how to brew beers with more than 20% ABV. Let’s throw most of it out the window and consider other approaches to making a good strong ale.

Zymurgy: November/December 2020

2020 Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America

In these times of upheaval and social change, it’s nice to know we can cling to a few things that don’t change much. According to discerning palates of Zymurgy readers, the best beers in America remain firmly entrenched.

Zymurgy: November/December 2020

Zymurgy’s 2020 Gift Guide

From malts and hops to stainless growlers and conicals, there’s something in this year’s gift guide for every homebrewer and beer lover. New this year: our sponsors have lined up some slick deals just for you (or that special homebrewer on your list).

Recipes in this Issue

  • Kefir
  • Lime-Flavored Hard Seltzer
  • Mexican Munk
  • Mangose
  • Black and Blue
  • Autumn Sipper
  • Dystopias Ale
  • Dystopias Lite
  • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Clone
  • The Alchemist Focal Banger Clone
  • Down Derry Down Colonial Pumpkin Ale

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Dave Carpenter

Dave brewed his first batch in 2009 and started writing about beer soon thereafter. In addition to geeking out on beer and language, Dave enjoys hiking, traveling, and other gerunds as well. Email Dave