Some questions you may be asking yourself:
Q. What is Craft Beer?
The Brewer’s Association defines craft beers as: beers that comes from a craft brewer. A craft brewer is defined as: small, independent and traditional. When trying to define craft beer, each beer lover has a unique interpretation and story of discovery to share. Some might say it’s pure happiness in a glass or 10 minutes of pleasure. Craft beer is more than just awesomely delicious beer. It’s a revolution against mass produced and watered down beers. They are quality beers that has been brewed with amazing ingredients and love for beer.
Q. Why drink Craft Beer?
Here’s a list of the top 4 reasons
- CRAFT BEER TASTES BETTER! The number one reason why you should drink craft beer is because craft beer tastes much better than the beers that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes much better because craft brewers spend their time focusing on the quality of their beer and put their heart and soul, as well as, lots of amazing ingredients into every beer they brew
- MORE ALCOHOL! Oh yeah! Craft beers come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing remains the same; they all pack a punch! Most craft beers range from 5-10% abv (alcohol by volume)
- FEWER TRIPS TO THE BATHROOM! When you drink craft beer you won’t have to pee every 10 minutes because you won’t drink as many beers.
- MORE CHOICES! There is a very wide variety of delicious, flavorful craft beers available. Every single craft brewery makes its beer in its own special way with its own special ingredients. Most of them offer a nice variety of their Core beers as well as Seasonal beers
Each glass displays the creativity and passion of its maker and the complexity of its ingredients. Craft beer is treasured by millions around the world who see it as not merely a fermented beverage, but something to be enjoyed in moderation, shared and revered. It is a versatile beverage that not only enhances food when paired, but is also often brought into the kitchen as a cooking ingredient.
Q. What should I look for when tasting Craft Beers?
Look at it!
Beer is beautiful. We encourage you to take the time to appreciate the unique beauty in each beer you drink. Acknowledge the beer’s shade, which may be anything from a golden yellow to pitch black. Hold it up to the light to see if it’s clear or cloudy or if it has a lot of carbonation. Take a look at the head. Is it thick or dense? What color is it? Only after you’ve visually enjoyed your beer should you enjoy it with the rest of your senses.
Smell the beer
It’s all about aroma. According to the National Trust Beer Club, 90-95 percent of what you experience is through your sense of smell. The way you experience taste is greatly informed by your sense of smell and adds complexity to your palate. So it’s very important to make sure you don’t skip this step, or you’ll be severely limiting your craft beer tasting experience.Bask in the aroma and note familiar scents. Do you smell caramel and coffee, or is your beer more fruity and grainy?
After you’ve taken a look at your beer and have thoroughly gotten to know its aroma, you are sure to have the best tasting possible. The more you experience your beer before you sip on it, the better it will taste acknowledge the flavors you are sensing, just like you did when you smelled the beer. Do you taste sweet or salty flavors? Is the beer bitter, acidic or very alcoholic? After you’ve tried the beer cold, give it some time to warm a little bit. If a beer is too cold, the low temperature can mask the flavors. Letting it sit for a short period of time may bring out the true extent of the liquid’s flavors.
During that first sip, while you’re holding the beer in your mouth, you want to feel it out. We call this the mouthfeel. Gently swish the liquid around in your mouth, over your tongue and side-to-side. Notice how it feels while you are doing this. Beer can have a wide variety of textures. It can be anywhere from thick and creamy to thin and dry. Try exhaling while you move the beer in your mouth to see if you notice any differences.
You’re not done yet! There’s still the Aftertaste
A beer’s aftertaste can greatly affect its likeability. After you’ve taken a few sips, pause to identify what flavors linger after you swallow. Do you taste bitterness, sweetness or graininess? Is it a bad taste or a delicious one? If you like what you taste, order another one… or three, or five.