Craft beer has been all the rage last year, with more people starting micro-distilleries at home, or simply drinking and pairing craft beer with fine cuisine. Back in the 1980s and 90s, making craft beer was dismissed as nothing more than a weak attempt at business, or a hobby, but now it has evolved into a massive trend.
There’s really no clear-cut definition for craft beer; it’s subject to the interpretation of micro-brewers, really and the people drinking it. But it has since been defined by the American Brewers Association: it’s small, meaning it has a yearly production of only six million barrels of beer or less; only 25 percent (even less) of the brewery is owned and controlled by a beverage industry representative; has an all malt flagship (offers a beer that has the greatest volume among those in the market), or have 50 percent of its volume in malt beers or beers that use adjuncts (mixers) to enhance the flavor.
For those who haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out on one of the greatest American cultural trend to ever hit the food and beverage industry in years. So, why should you drink craft beer?
Craft beer has more malt, more flavor, crispier—basically things you’re looking for in a beer. It has lots of varieties too, and some craft beer makers are even creating versions that are less filling but still flavorful, as mentioned in this Time article. Purists can enjoy the maltier and hoppier beers, while noobs can always opt for lighter versions without paying extra.
Craft beer is definitely less expensive than normal beer. Top of the Hops breaks it down for us: Suppose in one night you pay anywhere from $12 to $30 for 4 to 6 bottles of “beer water,” which costs $3 to $5 a bottle. That doesn’t even include tip for something of mediocre quality. The whole story is not the same though with craft beer. For a really huge pint of craft beer, you’re most likely to shell out $1.99 and you have a considerable number of beer styles to choose from. You don’t have to drink a lot and you can give a generous tip for your alcohol server. Top of the Hops’s bill for the night was only $10, including tip.
Finally, it’s a new experience. We all know that we need to try something new. After all, isn’t it what living is all about?
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