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Craft Beer: Peace, Love & Hoppiness

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Craft Beer: Peace, Love & Hoppiness

I am proud to call myself a craft beer convert –a hophead if you will. After growing up in a fairly dry household, with the exception of my dad’s occasional Bud-Light on hockey nights, I never expected to call myself a beer drinker. Why waste the calories? Ugh, and the taste! Oh, how naive I was.

A few years ago, my perception of beer completely shifted. My personal beer evolution was slow and progressive, from my first disdainful sip of the omnipresent, big-named American lagers, to the introduction of more flavorful imported big breweries. I was lead through the gates of the world of craft-brewdom with introduction to excellent medium-sized regional brewers, inevitably leading me to discover that some of the most well-crafted brews are closer than I thought. The beauty of craft beer is each concoction is completely unique in aroma, color, and taste, making each beer a tasty bottled adventure for your senses. There are so many shades, intensities, and styles of craft beer, it can be a bit overwhelming. But one thing remains constant. Craft beer is relatively small (less than 6 million barrels of annual production), independently owned (oftentimes by the master brewers themselves rather than non-brewer ownership), and of a generally  higher caliber than most large scale breweries. You can usually find out where the hops have been grown, what strain they are, what the water source is, and when the beer was canned or bottled, all by checking the container, calling up the brewery, or visiting their site on the internet.

Read on for 4 reasons to drink craft beer…

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Jordyn Cormier

Jordyn is a choreographer, freelance writer, and an avid outdoors woman. Having received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the Boston Conservatory, she is passionate about maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul through food and fitness. A lover of adventure, Jordyn can often be found hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and making herself at home in the backcountry! Check out what else Jordyn has been up to at jordyncormier.com.

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10:50PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

I believe this is actually the most useful blog I've been through this entire day.
John Baumann

9:13AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thanks.

8:09PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks I will try it!

5:29AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

Interesting info I live in utah did not know. Thank you for info.

4:25AM PDT on Apr 29, 2013

A little bit alcohol can really help, but never too much

7:25PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

there are several local breweries I like Free State and the blind Tiger both make several good brews.

8:28AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Please check out Montreal's craft brewery scene. Some of their beers are listed on ratebeer.com

8:22AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

yay, you Judy S. I love myself a local craft beer.

8:10AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thanks

4:51AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

My son-in-law made craft beer. It was very tasty.

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