Understanding Craft Beer is Easier than you Think
Craft beer isn’t going away anytime soon with all kinds of craft beer bars and breweries popping up all over the U.S.. Micro breweries make a limited amount of beer every year using high quality ingredients in every batch and are independently owned and operated. Places like Cigar City in Florida to Sierra Nevada Brewing in California, take pride in every bottle, can and keg they brew and as an added bonus you can even go to the brewery and see exactly how your beer is made! At dedicated craft beer bars such as The Brass Tap or World of Beer, you can find a plethora of carefully crafted selections of 60 or more rotating beers on tap and over 300 bottle selections! With so many choices how do you know what to order? What will you like? Don’t worry, the answer is actually simpler than you may think. I’ve requisitioned the help of Cicerone Certified beer specialists, Aaron Salgado and Matthew Stock from an elite craft beer bar, The Brass Tap, to help us figure out just what to order on the next visit to a craft beer bar.
What to order
If you have a favorite macro beer such as Budweiser or Shock Top, you will not find any of these in a genuine craft beer bar. So what do you do? It’s simple! Just replace it with a better beer. With the help of beer experts, Aaron and Matthew, I have compiled a list of replacements you are sure to love.
If you like Bud light or Coors, try making the simple switch to the Hofbrau Original to satisfy and refresh the tastebuds. Hofbrau is Munich Helles Lager style beer brewed in Germany and the name just rolls of the tongue.
Replace your Corona with Shipyard Brewing’s Summer Ale. It is a light, crisp beer that is sure to hit the spot on a hot summer day. Pair it with you favorite seafood dish for the ultimate compliment.
Trade in your Shock Top for Lost Coast’s Tangerine Wheat Ale. You will be pleasantly surprised at the brightness and smoothness of this interesting craft brew. Don’t see your beer in the list or maybe you’re not a beer drinker yet? No problem! Here a couple more ways you can find your new favorite micro brew.
Ask the Beertender or beer server Yes, under normal circumstances this could be a terrible idea, but not in a craft beer bar. Servers and bartenders are trained in their craft and are ready to give you suggestions based on what you already drink or recommend a good brew to pair with the food you ordered. Just don’t ask for Miller Lite!
Order a Flight of Beer A flight is typically a small pour of three to four different styles of beer that you can taste test from light to dark allowing you determine your style with a hands on approach. Beer flights are not expensive and are a great way to get out of your beer comfort zone. Now that you’re armed with some basic craft beer knowledge, you are ready to visit your local craft beer bar and support your local brewery with confidence.