Craft Beer Takeover

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It seems as though everywhere I turn lately, there’s another new craft beer that has come to the front of the shelf at the grocery store or is suddenly on tap at my favorite restaurants. So what do I do about it… try them of course! Since I started drink beer [almost a decade ago] beer has slowly made a transition in popularity from domestics to craft beer. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a Bud Light or a Coors from time to time but it’s hard not to sample [and fall in love with] the different flavors of the booming craft beer population. Let’s not leave out the microbrews either!

Before I go any further, let’s do a quick beer breakdown…

Domestic: how I would put it bluntly, “quantity over quality” — these are the big time producers. The beers you think of when you bring a thirty-pack to a college party. Aside from being produced in mass quantities, my understanding is that all of these are made within the great United States of America (versus an import, not to confuse any further).

Craft beer: these are also made within the United States of America, just not in such great quantities. They are non-traditional, unique, flavorful, delicious and independent. Less than 6 million barrels are produced annually!

Microbrew: the reverse of domestic, “quality over quantity”– in fact, according to the Brewers Association, microbrews are limited to producing 15,000 barrels or less annually and they are required to sell at least 75% of that beer outside of the brewery.

Now that we’re all on the same page with the different products at hand, let’s continue! My goal with my Craft Brew portion of my blog is to explore craft brews [and micros as they go hand-in-hand] and share with you through words, pictures and educational tidbits, the great, the good, the fantastic, the outstanding and the occasional bad beer. More specifically, in our booming craft beer takeover in Maine, I hope to take as many field trips to different breweries (both craft and micro) and share the vibes from ME to you! On the record, there are 121 craft breweries in Maine and 79 microbreweries. While I can’t get to all of those places in the next day, there’s plenty of this canned goodness popping up on shelves at the local grocer as well.

Aside from sharing experiences of my own, there’s always the educational side of things too. There’s a lot more to craft beer and microbrews than just drinking and enjoying. It’s understanding each beer and what makes it unique. With each new brew, I’ll break down for you what makes that beer, well, that beer. And with the help of the fun 2018 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines used with permission of Brewers Association, we can check off the different styles being made throughout the state. The breweries themselves usually have a pretty history too so I can’t forget my notebook and pencil before I sit down for that flight of beer!

So let’s start our journey! Always remember, have a designated driver and don’t drink and drive.