Craft beer has become increasingly popular in the last few years. If you’re ready to jump into the scene but aren’t sure where to start, that’s fine. The craft beer world doesn’t have to be intimidating, so don’t let any beer snobs scare you away from this exciting new scene. Here are some things you should know as a craft brew beginner.
Buy growlers for sale
Beer growlers are large containers that are meant for storing and transporting beer. You can get them in a variety of sizes, but they are usually 32 ounces or 64 ounces. You can buy growlers and then get them filled up at a local brewery with your favorite craft beer. You can also tap the growler so you don’t have to break the vacuum tight seal that is keeping your beer fresh. Just don’t drink straight from the growler; pour your craft brew into an ice-cold glass.
Take more than one sip
When you’re trying a new brew, don’t make the “one and done” mistake. Craft beer is much more complex than the beers you’re probably used to, so you should give it a few tries before you decide that you hate it or even love it.
Know what glassware to use
Different types of craft beers are meant to be served in different types of glasses. This is because certain colors and types look better in certain styles of glassware, and the shape and size of the glassware can also affect the flavor of the brew. The right glass will keep your beer at the proper temperature and can provide the correct amount of surface area so it can breathe.
Drink it at the right temperature
Again, different types of craft beers are meant to be served at their own pre-determined temperature. It’s not like drinking mass-produced beer where you want it to be as cold as possible. The temperature of the beer can affect the way the flavors are presented, so you want to learn what the ideal temperature is for the brew you’re drinking.
Ask your friends what they like
If you’re totally stuck or even scared, ask a friend for advice! Find someone who knows their stuff when it comes to craft beer and ask them what you should try first. This can help you find your next favorite brew.
Nearly 14% of people in the United States drink beer at least once a week. If you’re new to the craft beer scene, or just the general beer scene, there’s no reason to be intimidated. You’re never going to learn until you try new things.