We’re going to throw a little love toward the East Coast this month, showcasing beers from brewers from the Mid-Atlantic to the upper section of the Southeast. The selection runs the gamut—refreshing, quenching Kölsches to the very bold and boozy.
The craft beer market has evolved quite a bit in the past decade but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: Year after year, IPA (or India Pale Ale to the more formally minded) ranks as the, hands-down, most popular beer style.
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Each fall when I attend the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, there’s always a point when I stop whatever I’m doing, gaze across the hall of the Colorado Convention Center, and marvel at just how far beer has come.
Getting your hands on brands that medaled in the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) sometimes can be a feat in itself. But that’s only half the battle. Once the award-winning brews are on the menu, the next task at hand is to tell guests that they’re there and why they’re so special.
Winning a gold, silver or bronze at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) is about much more than bragging rights for brewers who managed to leave the Denver event with any of the 286 medals awarded in Denver.
Every year, as the number of pages in the calendar gets scarce and we move headlong into “’tis the season” territory, I get a little contemplative about the seasons—more specifically, about the limited-time brews that correspond with those seasons.
These are indeed noisy times for craft beer. Just log on to Twitter or any other major social media platform the day a small brewery announces that a major macro producer is acquiring it. One-hundred-forty-character-and-under shouts proclaim “Sellout!” “I’m never drinking their beer again!” “Craft is dead!” Opinions like these tend to dominate the feeds on those days, usually drowning out the softer declarations like, “It’s the same beer it was yesterday and I’ll still drink it,” and “Beer is beer.
I’ve been covering the beer business in its many iterations for nearly 14 years, and in that time I’ve watched attitudes toward the beverage transition from indifference and disrespect to unabashed reverence.
It would be a massive understatement to say that the beer menu has changed quite a bit since 1996. That’s the year Downingtown, Pennsylvania–based Victory Brewing Company first opened its doors, at the tail end of craft brewing’s initial boom.