What Is Craft Beer?
This may be information you already know to some of you who have found our website and twitter page, but it’s important especially if you’re new to the world of craft beers! We received an email stating that a gal was interested in Girls Pint Out, but she wasn’t familiar with craft beer. Here’s our answer!THE FACTS
According to Craftbeer.com the quantity of beer is what defines a craft beer. A craft beer brewery must produce less than 2 million barrels of beer annually. But we feel that craft beer is truly defined by their independence from the big boys (Budweiser, Miller, Coors – although now Miller and Coors are one company and Budweiser is now AB-InBev). The independent spirit of doing things differently and being true to yourself is what embodies craft breweries across the country. It’s the pursuit of something better than the norm.
Reaching into the statistics a little more, there are over 1500 craft breweries in the United States that are producing over 90% of the beer brands available. (see The Brewers Association) Craft breweries only account for 6.3% of beer sales. It’s up to craft beer enthusiasts to support our local breweries to keep them going. The phrase “drink local” is even more important today. But it’s not all gloom and doom. Craft beer sales were up 9% in the first half of 2009 (The Brewers Association). The data is encouraging that craft breweries and the craft beer industry is alive and going to weather these economic times.
Craft beer is more than just a small brewery independently owned. It’s also the quality of the beer. Craft beer is typically higher gravity (more alcohol than a typical domestic beer) and higher quality ingredients. Some craft beers are certified organic by the USDA! Craft beer covers all colors of the spectrum from pale to the blackest black. It can be light and taste of banana or the consistency of motor oil and smell of chocolate and coffee.
The great thing about craft beer is that there is something for everyone. Craft breweries pride themselves on creating quality products. They have diverse product lines, so when you visit a brewery, the chances of everyone finding something they like are high.
Girls Pint Out wants to encourage women to try craft beer. If your boyfriend or husband drinks craft beer and you’ve tried it and hated it, that’s okay. Chances are there IS craft beer out there you might like, you just haven’t found it yet. That’s where we come in. We’ll visit different craft beer breweries and bars around Indianapolis (maybe take a road trip here and there) and you’ll discover what you like and what you don’t like. That’s the fun part!
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