It’s pretty obvious that in an argument over craft breweries vs. “big beer” companies, I’d side with the former. With Beer Week going on and the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival coming up this Saturday, April 26th, I felt that it was necessary to give you a few solid reasons to drink craft beer.
1. Craft beer tastes better! The number one reason why you should reach for a craft beer instead of the watery swill we’re used to is because craft beer just tastes better. The master brewers behind craft breweries aren’t concerned with reducing calories, keeping costs and ingredient inputs low, or huge marketing and advertising campaigns. Their focus is on flavor, quality, and innovation.
2. More alcohol! I’m not promoting getting hammered, but I will say that craft beers typically pack a bigger punch than “big beers” like Coors and Budweiser (and Natty and PBR…). Compare this: Miller Genuine Draft Light is 2.5% alcohol, while most craft beers range from 5%-10% and even up to 20%! It’ll take several Millers to get the same effect as one or two craft beers. When you’re drinking stronger, more flavorful craft beer you won’t feel the need to drink beer after beer, which will keep your tab and number of bathroom trips low.
3. Health benefits! Wine isn’t the only alcoholic drink to offer health benefits! Craft beer contains antioxidants which may help to prevent heart disease. The major ingredient in beer, hops, contains polyphenols which help to lower cholesterol and fight certain types of cancer, and kill viruses. Craft beers typically contain about 30 times more hops than mass produced beer!
4. Choices! You don’t have to subject yourself to just Coors, Bud, and Natty! You have options! There are thousands of craft breweries in the country and several are based here in Virginia. There is a world of different flavors and experiences beyond the beer aisle at Food Lion. Each craft brewery makes their beers in their own way with their own unique recipes and many release special seasonal brews, which means that you have thousands of craft beers to taste ahead of you!
5. Craft beer and good food! Like wine pairings, craft beer and cuisine pairings is becoming increasingly more popular within the food industry. With the many flavor options that craft breweries provide, you can match a beer to your food to create the best consumption experience! For example, an IPA goes great with strong, spicy foods like curry, while an amber lager goes better with hamburgers and barbecue. Check out this list of craft beer and food pairings.
I hope this short list persuades you to try a craft beer! If you’re ready to join the movement, take advantage of Harrisonburg’s Beer Week going on NOW and head to the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival this Saturday!