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How to Find the Best Craft Beer

When it comes to beer, there are more options than ever. There are more than 8,000 breweries in the US alone offering hundreds of styles and countless brands. That’s more than any other country in the world. And with a little bit of research, you can find the perfect beer for you. There are so many different types of beers, but they all come down to four simple ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. But in the hands of a skilled brew master, those basic ingredients can become a work of brewing art. And with more breweries and new brews popping up all the time, it’s never been easier to find the right beer for you.

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The first brewers were women. In ancient Egypt, women would brew beer as an offering to the gods. Men, on the other hand, drank wine.

In America, the modern craft movement began in 1965. That was the year Fritz Maytag bought a majority stake in Anchor Brewing and saved it from bankruptcy. Maytag maintained the company’s tradition of using high-quality ingredients, both novel and traditional, but rethought the brewery’s production techniques.

Today, craft breweries are defined by their commitment to quality and innovation. The Brewer’s Association defines a craft beer as a beverage that is “small, independent and traditional.” And while it’s an imprecise definition, it’s a good one for the industry. That way, beer lovers can make sure they’re getting the highest-quality beer possible, while also supporting their local breweries.

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