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Craft Beer

Craft Beer is generally made with a variety of ingredients to produce a unique taste. It is usually made on a small scale and the ingredients are carefully chosen to ensure that the final product has a high quality. It is usually made using malted barley, but sometimes it contains other ingredients like spices and fruits to create a distinctive flavor. Small breweries also tend to be more involved in their community through philanthropy, product donations and volunteerism. Craft beers are also often brewed in smaller batches to maintain their freshness and to ensure that they are of the highest quality.

The term craft beer was first used by Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Vince Cottone in the mid-1980s to describe a new wave of independent, artisanal breweries that were challenging large alcohol conglomerates such as Anheuser-Busch for refrigerator space in consumer grocery stores. He did not provide a definition, but the term soon began appearing in brewing industry trade publications and at conferences. In 1996, the Institute of Brewing Studies (which eventually merged into today’s dominant brewing industry trade group, the Brewers Association) formalized a definition. A brewer is considered craft if it produces less than six million barrels annually and is independently owned.

Today, there are more breweries than ever before – 8,800 and counting. And while a few big breweries have snapped up scores of the newest craft startups, there are more choices than ever for beer lovers. With hundreds of styles, thousands of breweries and tens of thousands of unique beers to choose from, the future looks bright for beer lovers everywhere.

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