Yesterday's white washed fizzy suds has given birth to what can be called extreme brewing. While the national brands are an important part of our culture and lifestyle, there are those that have taken beer to the next level. As in fine wine, each and every region has its own footprint or style that it has created or embraced. Germans love their Pilsner, English enjoy brown ales and stouts, and Belgians are famous for their unique farmhouse and Abbey ales. And where there is tradition, there is also an element of excitement where the offspring push the envelope just a little bit more. There is an evolution, sort of a cross pollination where local brewers are embracing European styles, and those overseas are adopting some best practices used at home. The results are unique and rewarding and, for the beer lover, it is an ever expanding opportunity to experience new brews.