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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. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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