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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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Most higher quality beers are best when chilly, not dead-of-winter cold.

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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