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Posted on 04/15/2013 10:15:14 AM PDT by JerseyanExile
Once widely mocked, US beer is now popular globally with hipsters and connoisseurs alike. Why is the world buying in to the American brewing revolution?
Not so very long ago, American beer was a joke. And a weak one at that.
To international tastebuds, it meant bottled lagers like Budweiser, Miller or Coors - commonly regarded by self-respecting drinkers as bland, corporate and lacking in credibility.
An explosion in independently-run microbreweries producing lovingly-created, strong, pungent, flavour-rich ales has transformed the reputation of the product.
But it is not only traditional aficionados of ale who have been won over by this American revolution.
Somehow, beer from the United States has become not just widely respected, but achingly fashionable.
Visit a chrome-surfaced bar in London, Stockholm or Amsterdam and you're likely to find Brooklyn Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Odell's porter on tap.
All are craft beers - a catch-all term defined by the American Brewers Association as the product of "small, independent and traditional" producers.
"There's a hipster cachet to it," says Melissa Cole, ale expert and author of Let Me Tell You About Beer. "Craft beer is seen as sexy right now, there's no doubt about it."
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Ichtv bin ein bier drinker!.........
Dang it, I'm behind Sweden. Gotta get another fridge.
Oak Creek ale from Flagstaff. It’s worth the drive from where ever you are.
Note some craft brewers have been bought out by the big brewers...Goose Island and Shock Top are products of InBevAB (Budweiser). While craft brews are becoming more popular, it is sad that most American beer drinkers are still satisfied with the watery swill being sold by big brewing.
My problem with most craft or micro-brewery beer is that their only point of distinction seems to be how much more hops each can add to differentiate themselves. Many taste like I have a mouthful of flower petals.
I would like to see more pilsners and Belgian witbeirs from the micro-brewers.
I am doing my utmost to reduce the unused portion of brews not going overseas :)
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy!
- Benjamin Franklin
Can you send me a case? I’ll pay all costs
Try the website www.seekabrew.com.
You can compare two states - see what each one has only, and see a list of available combined beers. Pretty cool! I picked up 7 different beers in Louisiana that I couldn’t get here in Texas last trip through.
Would if I could. I don’t live there but visited multiple times these past 5-6 years. Always brought some home.
The hops craze is out of hand.
The Sam Adams Ale is hard to find. It used to be available sometimes but seems to have disappeared. (SE USA). The lager is ok but not a session beer.
Saranac pale ale is tasty. It’s available in NE US and Atlanta, that I know of.
Upon visiting Calfornia, my beer loving Scottish friend had to hiss out his admiration for American beers. Not only was the selection better than at home, it was GOOD freaking beer.