Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for July 4th

Ask a Cicerone

Beer tips from the experts.

Editor's Note: Ask a what? A Certified Cicerone® is a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Institute. You can think of them as beer sommeliers: these folks have demonstrated significant beer knowledge and tasting skill, plus professional skills in beer sales and service. Got a beer-related query for the experts? Ask away in the comments section!

When beer pros get together to watch fireworks and stand around the grill, what do they drink? We've asked our resident beer obsessives for their favorite beers for burgers and other grilled food (plus lower-alcohol recommendations for long, hot days of drinking), but today we asked them to get specific: what's the best beer for 4th of July?

Will they be sticking to local brews or looking for the best match for barbecue? Picking personal favorites or trying to find something that will please a crowd? Check out the slideshow for their advice.

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