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Folks, we're going to talk about brew. I like brew. You like brew. Let's do this thing.

I'm in Detroit reporting right now, and last night I went to get a beer and pick up some barbecue. The beer I ordered was some kind of double-chocolate stout. It was the first time, in a long time, that I ordered an expensive beer and didn't like it. Or rather, it was the first time in a long time that I ordered an expensive beer and noticed that I didn''t like it. I actually left the glass half-full on the bar. I felt like I was sinning. But as you get older you note that beer costs cash and calories. If I'm going to spend the calories, then I need to have a good time.

Here's the thing. Like I always say, I'm a professional amateur. I don't even know why beer taste good, and I can only vaguely tell you why I like certain beers. My two favorites--Dogfish's IPA, the Dogfish Raison and Chimay--have a lot of body to them, if that makes any sense. There lots of beer reccs in our previous thread. But I'd like to see some more. Mostly, for me. I need to better understand what I like, and why. Let's go.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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