In the United States, microbrews have been popping up everywhere. They can be found on almost every corner and in nearly every restaurant nowadays. Their popularity came about ten years ago when brew consumers searched far and wide for something different from their domestic ales. Microbrews had quickly climbed up the ranks and became major successes.
They have changed how consumers drink. Each one is so different and appealing. That’s what separates them from domestic brands. The other thing that divides them from domestics is the alcohol content. Some of them have a very high alcohol content, while some have little alcohol.
- Content - Some microbrews have an alcohol content as high as 12 percent. That’s very high for a craft beer. Domestic brands generally have contents of around five to six percent. That means in order to feel the effects of the ale, you would have to drink a few of them as opposed to craft ones where one would be the equivalent of two domestics.
- Price - Microbrews tend to be a bit more expensive than domestics. This is because they are independently made. These types of breweries are not large corporations. They are really small mom and pop operations. Sometimes it is even rare for them to make it into the draft system of a bar or restaurant.
- Why more content? You may ask why the high alcohol content. That’s a very valid question as it is because most of these breweries brew less than a ton per month. That’s very low compared to the corporate giants such as Miller and Budweiser who brew tons daily. They are able to control the content as small amounts are brewed and create something different for the public to invest in.
- Craft favorites – There are thousands of craft beers available today. Ever since its popularity began, millions of ale drinkers have made the switch. Favorites such as Magic Hat, Troegs and Shipyard are just a few that have taken over the brew market. There are too many to list as they pop up daily.
Microbrews have a higher alcohol content than traditional brews because they are not as regulated as domestics. They are really unique and have a taste all of their own.
Learn more about American craft beers and breweries in my latest book – The American Book of Craft Breweries.