Craft beer. What is it?
According to the Brewer's Association, a craft brewer is "small, independent, and traditional." Sounds kinda vague, right? Well to get more into it, SMALL means "annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less "; INDEPENDENT means "less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer"; and TRADITIONAL means "a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation".
Alright, so how does that translate to what's in your glass?
The goods news, in my opinion, is that it doesn't really. The beauty of craft beer is in the variety, you know, that thing that's allegedly the "spice of life." What craft beer means to me is that there are boundless options, from traditional to experimental - something for everyone - beers as diverse as the people who brew and drink them. Craft beer can be just about anything, and often times, the only common thread to be found among them is that they are made with care and attention by enthusiastic, creative people who love what they do. I'm so excited to dive deeper into this world, this community, and try to wrap my head around everything it has to offer.
My first stop as a WOB Drink It Intern was in St. Pete, Florida at Green Bench Brewing Co., getting my feet wet with the other interns and getting an intro to the craft beer scene in St. Pete. Enjoy!