Craft Beer: What Exactly Does “Craft” Mean?


For many people, it’s those bottles and cans with the funny names in the “expensive” section at the grocery stores.

For others, its those beers that are talked about as much as they are drunk.

For everyone else, here are the basics descriptions which most people would agree on.

Craft beer generally is:

  • Brewed in limited quantities
  • Brewed using traditional methods and ingredients such as malted grains, such as barley or wheat, that are combined with hop flowers, yeast, and water
  • Brewed with original recipes that use blends of various hops, grains, and yeasts to produce fuller, more complex flavors

NOTE: The mass produced beers, you know who I’m talking about, use corn and rice in the brewing process whereas the craft brewers stick with the malted grains. Brewed by independent breweries Craft beer can go way beyond the boundaries of additional ingredients, using such things as:

  • Coffee grounds (this can border on weird, i.e. Mikkeller uses coffee beans that have been eaten by civet cats, digested and then expelled where workers then clean the beans for use in their beer. I’m not making this up! Click here to see for yourself!)
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Wheat grains
  • Cherries
  • Orange peels
  • An assortment of spices can also be used
  • Basically, the sky is the limit. If something can flavor a beer, someone, somewhere has probably tried it!

If you’re in the mood to find out what a great bottle of beer can taste like, you owe it to yourself to dive in and try some of these. Beyond the funny names are some serious beers. Call us, we’ll be happy to get you started with some great selections.