What is Craft Beer?
Craft Beer is a term used to describe beer made by small, independent and traditional brewers. Its popularity has exploded in recent years, with data released by the Brewers Association last year showing double-digit growth quarter after quarter.
It is often brewed with traditional ingredients such as malted barley and hops, but often non-traditional ingredients are also used to make beer more unique and interesting. This can include adding ingredients like coffee, chocolate or maple syrup to a beer, and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and chili pepper.
Unlike mass-produced beer, which has a very predictable taste, craft beers vary significantly in flavor. The varying flavors come from the many different hops, yeasts and other ingredients that are used during the brewing process.
There are hundreds of different types, styles and flavors of beer, all with their own special qualities. Some are light, refreshing, while others are more intense and flavorful.
The IPA (India Pale Ale) style is one of the most popular styles of beer, and features a mix of sweet and bitter hops. Other styles include pilsners, lagers and pale ales.
A sour beer is another common type, with tart flavors and aromas. They may be flavored with citrus fruits or other fruity flavors.
Craft brewers are often very innovative in their beers, using new methods of brewing and experimenting with a variety of hops and other ingredients. They are often very community-minded and contribute a great deal of their time to local events and charities. This has become a major factor in the rise of craft beer, with the craft brewing industry often credited as a catalyst for boosting local business and community.