Craft beer has gained more and more popularity in the past few years and there are thousands of breweries these days creating their own craft beer to bottle and sell. There are also hundreds of different types of craft beers out there so if you are looking to get into craft beer, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of it. Luckily, there is a lot of information available out there for people looking to learn more about craft beer whether on the Internet, in books, or even at breweries.
Doing Some Research
The Internet is always a great place to start when you want to learn about something. There, you can learn about the history of beer, the different types of beers, how to pair beer with food, and much more.
Aside from the Internet, breweries are another great place to learn about craft beers. At a brewery, you get a firsthand look at the beer making process. Even better, you get to sample some of the many beers being brewed there. A brewery is also a fantastic place to get to know the differences between, for example, pale ales, lagers, IPAs, and other types of craft beers since you get to taste them right then and there. Best of all, you have a professional there who can answer any and all of the questions that you may have about craft beer.
By the time you have finished with your tour of said brewery, you will know a whole lot more than you did before setting foot into the brewery earlier that day.
What Exactly Is Craft Beer?
To be considered a craft beer, the beer must be made by a brewer that is small, independent, and traditional. In short, craft beer can be any beer that isn’t brewed by a major brewing company. The term “craft beer” comes from the fact that this type of beer is crafted and not manufactured. For this reason, craft beer tends to be more expensive than beer that has been “manufactured” at a large corporate company.
Many people believe that just because a beer is considered “craft” it’s better than non-craft beer, which is simply not true. Keep in mind that a brewer can be small, traditional, and independent and still make a bad beer while non-craft beers do not necessarily have to be bad.