Production is increasing, new jobs are being created and the industry is having a positive effect on the U.S. economy. It seems as if there is still plenty of room for eager entrepreneurs and craft enthusiasts to take their own place in the industry.
From centuries-old German cloisters to forward-thinking Spanish breweries, top-shelf craft beers are popping up in the unlikeliest of places -- and bringing with them exciting new innovations and flavors.
Grab a Cantillon 2010 Lou Pepe Gueuze and pair it with the housemade cheesecake topped with raspberries reduced in a framboise from the same famed brewery. The owner, Nino, and his staff have a firm motto they stand by: 'No Crap on Tap.' More and more Italians are living by it.
I grabbed a stool at the Madison, Wisconsin tavern. Even though the temperature hadn't climbed above single digits all day, I had a cold beer on my mind. Gesturing to the numerous taps, I asked the bartender the draft selections.
Apparently, there is a huge market for craft beer. I needed to learn more. So, I did a little research and discovered a number of sources that claim the craft beer craze is largely fueled by the so-called hipsters.
When they decided to deliver a new album on a bottle of beer, Telegraph Brewing Company and the indie group, Buellton, gave new meaning to one-stop shopping. The world of beer and music is the better for it.
The last decade has brought a resurgence of craft breweries across the country. The coolest not only make outstanding beer, but also are designed with a sense of place in mind, offering activities, brewery tours, and personality to match.
Most sporting events go together with beer like the Ninja Turtles and pizza. I'm not talking about that beer that dominates the store shelves. I'm talking about the beer that is made by people who actually care about the brew process and taste.