Why I love Beer
Craft beer is different from regular or “macro” beer in that it is made, or brewed, with higher quality ingredients. Usually it is brewed in smaller quantities than macro beer. Because the ingredients cost more and can vary widely, craft beer is often more expensive than regular beer. I have seen single bottles of exclusive craft beer sold for over $13 USD! On average, though, a six pack of average craft beer costs around $11-$12 USD.
I love the taste of a good beer. I like the head buzz you get as you work through a strong IPA or a tall hefeweizen. But craft beer is good for other reasons. It brings people together to enjoy each other. I have met many interesting people through craft beer: at breweries, bars, special events, and even talking to strangers at parties.
But my favorite part about the craft beer industry is how it inverts and reshapes the competitive, often cutthroat nature of business. If you visit a craft beer brewery, you can drink many of the beer they make on draft- that is, from a keg, not bottled. Chances are good they will also have several beers made by other craft breweries on tap. Selling their competitors’ product in their own brewery might seem crazy… but that’s why craft beer is great! The companies (or breweries, as they’re usually called) are made up of people who love good beer. They want to encourage others to make more tasty beer, not stifle creativity. In the last few years, a new trend of “collaborative” beers has emerged, where two separate breweries will contribute to make a single, special beer. How cool is that!?
I’m from the United States. Generally, my country has a reputation for making poor-quality, weak beer. Craft beer is changing that. I hope that someday the USA will be known as the land of delicious beer-- and friendly beer drinkers! If you enjoy good beer, come find me at Akishima school and we can discuss it! I’m always happy to meet another “beer snob!”
brew- v.- to make alcohol by fermenting something
vary- v.- to differ; to have many options or possibilities
exclusive- adj.- rare, hard to find, unique
buzz- n.- the feeling of being slightly intoxicated
IPA- n.- India Pale Ale, a type of beer with strong taste
hefeweizen- n.- a type of beer brewed with lots of wheat
invert- v.- to reverse, flip, or turn upside down
cutthroat- adj.- ruthless, very competitive
stifle- v.- to suppress, push down, keep contained
collaborative- adj.- done with cooperation
snob- n.- someone who thinks they are better than other people (used here jokingly, to mean someone who likes to learn about and drink craft beer)