For a long time, beer got a bad rap. It got treated as a second-class libation, failing to get the attention of the more refined wine and liquor. The beautiful people sipped fruity martinis while beer looked on, contentedly fizzing away in its ice cold glass. Wine was splashed around by celebrity chefs, but beer was patient. After years of being disrespected, degraded and overlooked, beer has risen up, staking its place among the most well-respected of drunks.