Ask a Cicerone: What's the Next Big Thing in Beer?

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.

There was a time when drinking beer from microbreweries at all was pretty groundbreaking, but these days, the American beer scene is constantly growing and changing, and it can be hard to keep up.

Have you tried the latest saison from the newest gypsy nanobrewery? What about beers fermented in a coolship? Beers aged in a wine barrel? Beers brewed with salt? If super-hoppy beers are so last year, what can we expect to see in terms of popular beer styles in the future? What trends will we see in craft brewing in the months and years to come?

We asked 10 beer experts for their predictions. Here's what they had to say.

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