Craft brewing has slowly evolved over time into quite a trend that definitely seems like it’s going to stay.
Did you know that there are over 7,000 breweries in the United States? That number includes 6,266 craft breweries subdivided into 2,252 brewpubs, 3,812 microbreweries and 202 regional craft breweries according to Wikipedia.
Also, did you know that the first recorded brewing activity is from 1800 BC?
If you are a craft beer connoisseur, then you know that now there are more varieties then ever to choose from.
DID YOU KNOW: That there are actual beer glasses that are specifically designed for craft beer?
Craft brewers are small independent and traditional small breweries that produce around 6 million barrels a year and is independently owned.
The method of brewing craft beer is a production that involves steeping some type of starch in water and fermenting it. The result is a sweet liquid that contains yeast.
DID YOU KNOW: That four of the Presidents were homebrewers? Those homebrewers were: Barack Obama, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and James Madison.
You may be wondering what defines a craft beer. Craft beer is simply a beer that is made by a small craft brewery in either the traditional method or a non-mechanical method.
One type of beer that craft brewing companies feature are IPAS. An IPA is a beer that has a higher alcohol content than other craft-style beers and it is known as a “hoppy beer”. Which means that it’s made with hops. Ask any beer lover and they will tell you there is a definite distinct taste to an IPA.
One may think that small brewers focus on only one or two types of craft beer and that isn’t the case at all.
DID YOU KNOW: That homebrewing was made legal in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter?
If you visit a craft brewery, you will find a variety of beer styles available. Some of the styles of beer that you will find are:
American Pale Ale
Stouts and Porters
You may be wondering what the difference between a microbrewery and a craft brewery is. The difference is in the number of beer barrels that they produce. A microbrewery is limited to 15,000 barrels AND of that number, 75% has to be sold outside of the brewery. A craft brewery can not brew more than 2 millions gallons of beer per year and must be independently owned.
Even if you don’t live near a craft brewery, many stores often carry a wide selection, like flavors by Melvin Brewing.
If you are going to be traveling and want to check out a few brewpubs on the way, make sure you do your research before you head out. One brewery that you will want to definitely check out is Melvin Brewing. They have four different locations and one of them may be on your route.
I’ve often heard that there are many debates over which type of beer is the best. However, the one thing that I am sure that all beer drinkers can attest to is that regardless of what your preference is, there is a flavor and brewery out there for everyone!