You’ve heard of Sam Adams, Budweiser, and PBR, but what about Green Can, Naked Fish, and Red Nun? If those sound more like unlikely nouns than delicious beers, it’s time for you to get out and explore the latest local craze – microbrews.
Microbrews, sometimes called craft beers, are beers brewed in a small independently owned brewery, known as a microbrewery. And even though you’ve probably never heard of their brews, craft beers have become quite an industry. There are more than 2,000 independent craft breweries across the country, and such brewers provide more than 108,000 jobs to American workers. As an industry, the craft brewing business grew an estimated 15 percent in 2012.
The popularity of craft breweries stems from the uniqueness and innovation they offer to customers. Because microbreweries are small and independently owned, you can be sure you’re getting a unique beer, brewed and distributed right there in your local community. As with any local business, microbreweries are owned and operated by experts who have a passion for what they do and a desire to share it with those around them.
Supporting local breweries brings the same economic and social benefits to your community as any other local business. More money stays in your local economy, the unique identity of your city is preserved, and new relationships form between neighbors and citizens. It’s as simple as ordering a round of cold ones for your coworkers after a long day at the office!
To experience microbrews for yourself, check out a tasting event or brewery tour at a local microbrewery near you. Independent We Stand’s local business search can help you find craft breweries in your area, such as Grape and Gourmet and O’Connor Brewing Company, where you can find Green Can, Naked Fish, and Red Nun. If you know of a great local brewery that isn’t listed on our website, recommend it here. As always, drink responsibly – and locally!