We’ve all been there before. You buy a six-pack of a new brew that looks like it’ll be great, but after the first sip or two, you realize your error. Whether it’s too hoppy, too malty or just too “out there” for your particular tastes, you’re now stuck with the majority of a six-pack that you’ll never drink. And you’re out the money for the purchase, too. While that expense might not have been particularly large back when big beer dominated and you only paid $5.00 for the six-pack, now that a decent option from a craft brewery costs $9 and up, it’s a bit of a setback. Thankfully, there are new options out there that allow you to explore the world of craft beer without quite so much risk.
Remember when beer tasted like, well, beer? Once upon a time, you could pop open a bottle and regardless of the brewery of origin, the contents were going to taste pretty similar. However, with the rise of the craft beer movement, beer doesn’t have to taste like beer anymore. There are some rather creative breweries out there doing some innovative, and sometimes downright strange, things with their brews. Here’s a quick rundown of the more uniquely flavored beers on the market.
Everyone knows that a glass of red wine per day can offer some significant health benefits, but did you know that beer is at least as good for the body as fermented grape juice? In fact, some new studies indicate that it might be even better for you (in moderation, of course). If you’re a confirmed craft beer lover, you probably do love to tout the heart-health benefits of your favorite brew, but new research is showing a far broader range of advantages than was previously suspected.
There’s a nip to the air, the leaves are changing colors, and you’re gearing up for the succession of end-of-year holidays. Whether you love the fright and fun of Halloween, the food at Thanksgiving or the family togetherness of Christmas, fall and winter offer a lot to enjoy. For the craft beer lover, the last few months of the year bring some interesting options from a lot of different breweries. If you’re gearing up for fall, make sure to check out a few of these tasty seasonal brews to get your craft on.
Going green has been embraced by a tremendous number of breweries, both large and small. You will find eco-friendly brewing solutions that range from harnessing solar power to buying greenhouse emissions credits. However, there are a handful of breweries that are taking things more than just one step further. Some truly innovative solutions have emerged when it comes to protecting the environment and greening up the planet.
Brew fests are amazing ways to get to know the world of craft brewing. They come in all shapes and sizes, from small local events to regional and even national events. You’ll find every style of beer imaginable here, as well as some that you might not have imagined (that’s a good thing). However, if you’ve never attended a brew fest before (or even if you have), there are some important things you need to know to ensure that you enjoy it fully, both the day of the festival and the next day.
When you hear the words, “flight” chances are pretty good that your first thought is of aviation world. However, there’s more here than airplanes. The world of craft beer has beer “tasting flights” and while they’re something different to most drinkers, they’re excellent ways to get up close and personal with some of the new options that have come to market, without the risk of buying an entire 6-pack that you may or may not enjoy. So, what is a beer-tasting flight? What should you know about them? We’ll cover all that and more below.
The US craft beer segment has exploded in the last few years. Evidence of this proliferation is everywhere, from liquor stores to grocery stores, brewpubs, bars and the number of new breweries going up all over the place. However, one facet of this explosion might have passed you by – the number of craft beers being sent overseas to other countries. This marks a huge shift in the beer industry, as most countries haven’t been particularly interested in most mainstream American beers (Bud, Busch and the like are exported, just on a rather limited basis in comparison to the beers our country brings in).
Home brewing is certainly nothing new – it’s actually a throwback to the roots of brewing, when families made their own brews because there were few alternatives. That changed in the US with the rise of big breweries, but the modern resurgence in brewing at home truly is something new, or rather, something old happening for new reasons. Why is home brewing gaining so much steam? Here are some interesting reasons cited by actual home brewers.
Green is one of the hottest buzzwords of the century. More and more focus is being placed on sustainability, environmental protection and conservation on resources in all industries and that includes craft brewing (and big beer, too, of course). It is interesting to note the number of breweries that are going green in one way or another.