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Beer Q&A: Is colder beer better beer?

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Is ice-cold beer best?

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Q. Is colder beer better beer?

A. No. This load of bushwah is pushed by breweries that don’t want you to notice the flavorless quality of their products.

Ice-cold beer numbs your taste buds. A beer’s subtleties — assuming they have any, which is a rash assumption with many beers from the mega-breweries — are lost.

Most higher quality beers are best when chilly, not Rocky Mountains-in-dead-of-winter cold. In fact, high-alcohol barrel-aged brews are best when cool, not cold, as the higher temperatures allow some of the deeper flavors to emerge.

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