Your Guide to Craft Beer

Your Guide to Craft Beer

The popularity of craft beer has exploded in the past decade and more and more people are skipping the big brands in favor of unique craft beers.  Craft beers are made in smaller batches, usually made locally and they put together some high quality ingredients to make some rich tasting brews.  It is like beer makers have returned to their roots and play with recipes until it is perfect.  It is this search for a good tasting beer that makes craft beer appealing to so many people.

If you have been drinking Coors or Budweiser most of your life you may not know where to start when it comes to craft beer.  Some of the flavors may sound a bit weird too, do you really want to try a beer that tastes like Hawaiian Pizza…um no.  Craft beer doesn’t have to be like that, in most cases it is just a local brewery trying to make great tasting beer.  Let us help you get started into the world of craft beer, you never know you might like it more than you think.

Try Something You’re Familiar With

It sounds simple but if you have been drinking the same brand for years you may not really understand what you like.  Do you prefer beer, ale or IPA?  Start by selecting a craft beer brewed in the manner you prefer or that you are at least familiar with.  After that you can worry about flavors.  Here is the difference between beer, ale and IPA.

Check out a Taproom or Brewery

Most breweries offer tours, they love showing the public what the brewing process looks like and getting your to try their wares.  This is how they get new customers and get you to connect their beer with a great experience.  Take advantage of that, you can learn about the process and try new beer at the same time.

Check Out a Specialty Store or Section

Depending on how beer is sold in your state, you may be able to head to a specialty store that specializes in microbrews.  You can get recommendations from the staff or try a smaller quantity to see if you like it.  The staff here tend to be really knowledgeable about the brews and will help you find one that you like.

Craft beers as we know them are simply an old fashioned method of brewing beer that has come back in style.  High quality ingredients used to make smaller and more unique batches of beer.  It doesn’t have to have an “exotic flavor”.  Give it a try, you may be surprised at how much you like it.

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