Hi, guys! Welcome to my blog. I’m a Boston University journalism student on a mission to learn as much about craft beer as I can.
As a waitress at a few restaurants, I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge about wine. And though the places I work at receive a growing number of craft beer selections each year, the restaurant staff is always taught very little about the newest beers. Maybe that’s because beer is such a complex and vast topic of interest. Regardless, most bar managers will tell you that craft beer is a necessity on any good bar menu these days. But craft beer is not just found at the nicer bars with more targeted audiences. Somerville Brewing Company’s Slumbrew and Clown Shoes Beer out of Ipswich both pop up at many Boston bars. Instead of ordering the mass-produced American standbys such as Budweiser or Pabst Blue Ribbon, younger crowds make it a point to ask what craft beers are on tap.
Slumbrew and Clown Shoes are just two of 15 new breweries that have surfaced in Massachusetts over the last three years, according to DigBoston’s weekly beer columnist.
So what is craft beer? Any why does it seem that nobody know anything about it?
The Brewers Association defines a craft brewery as a brewery that annually produces fewer than six million barrels of beer. No more than 25 percent of the craft brewery should be controlled by an industry member that is not a craft brewer.
Well, okay. Now what does that mean? Blue Moon, formerly a craft beligian ale, says on the label that it is produced by Blue Moon Brewing Co.—a company MillerCraft now owns. Still, many beer drinkers believe Blue Moon is a craft beer.
However, most beer snobs will deny Blue Moon, and even the lesser-known Magic Hat as a craft beer because larger companies bought them. Does it matter? Is there something in drinking craft beer similar to eating locally grown food? Seems it.
Follow me as I try to get my head around craft beer through trying and reviewing it myself, chatting with brewers and doing some good ol’ research.