The term ‘craft beer’ refers specifically to brews made by small, independent brewers, using fine local ingredients.

Being made in a small brewery is vital, but the most defining characteristic of craft beer is innovation. Brewing in small batches gives microbreweries leeway to experiment with new techniques, flavor profiles, and styles- luxuries larger breweries don’t have. Modern interpretations and unusual twists on historic styles often result in one-of-a-kind craft beer recipes that are unique to a specific brewery.

Much craft beer is made using traditional ingredients like malted barley and hops, but it is also common for brewers to rely on non-traditional ingredients, like local fruits, honey, or chocolate, to add distinctive flavors to their beers. The combination of taking unique approaches and using local ingredients is essential for brewers to maintain the independence and integrity of their craft beers.

The life of a craft beer brewer does not end with creating unique suds. It is an unwritten rule that craft beer breweries take hands on, philanthropic approaches within the local community. Many breweries offer volunteer services around town, sponsor community events, and make regular donations to charitable organizations.  Craft beer breweries are also very devoted to their customers and tend to be innovative when  marketing their brand and building relationships with patrons.

75% of all Americans age 21+ live within 10 miles of a craft beer brewery.

Anthony Towey
Author: Anthony Towey

Anthony Towey spent over a decade working nearly every position in the bar and restaurant business before being hired as Content Editor and Social Media Manager for StateVentures- publisher of ShoreCraftBeer.com and OceanCity.com. His combination of writing expertise, marketing savvy, and service industry experience puts him in a unique position to be able to help the local breweries like few else can. He is also the Delmarva Correspondent for AmericanCraftBeer.com and an avid supporter of drinking local.

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