New breweries continue to open across the region, but that's not the only news to shake up the beer scene this year. From local malt, yeast strains and foeders to second locations and collaboration brews, these are the biggest, sudsiest stories of the year.

In our seventh-annual Feast 50 issue, we’re highlighting more than 400 winners and runners-up across 50 categories in the Feast 50 Awards, as voted by you in our readers’ choice poll.

Whether sitting on a mid-century swivel stool behind a shiny Formica countertop or anticipating the arrival of a carhop at your window, generations of Americans have grown up eating smashed burgers. The process for making smashed patties at most diners is similar: flattening ground beef on a…