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Forgetting the classics
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email nmiller@wickedlocal.com or call 508-626-3823. Or, follow the Beer Nut at his Twitter page at www.twitter.com/realbeernut.
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Last night, I enjoyed a†Sierra Nevada Brewing Company†Stout.

Itís a simple beer compared to a lot of the stouts that come out today. Itís stout5.8 percent alcohol by volume, not even close to an imperial stout. Itís not aged in Bourbon barrels or on oak. Thereís no chocolate or coffee added.

stoutstoutItís just a damn good stout and one I rarely buy. Why donít I buy it? Mostly itís because there are just so many new beers that come out on what seems like a daily basis I forget to drink the classics.

I love†Dogfish Head†90 Minute IPA but I canít remember the last time I bought it. I havenít had an†Anchor†Steam for about a year. A†Victory Brewing Company†Hop Devil is a beer in my distance memory. A†Rogue†Dead Guy Ale has not been in my glass forever.

These are the beers that helped introduce me to craft beer. These are the beers that first made realize, ďHey, beer is good. Itís not yellow carbonated water with bad flavor.Ē These are the beers that led me to develop friendships that were formed over a pint or two.

This is not a complaint about brand new beers. I have tasted numerous new beers that I really enjoyed and I’m glad I can get them.

This is more of a reminder, instead of chasing the latest and greatest, step back every once and awhile and pick up a six-pack of a beer that you really connected with in the early days of your craft beer exploration. Think about a beer that you really loved and you never drink it more and pick one up. You might be surprised about how much you loved that beer.

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