Skip to main content

What is Right with Beer in America Today

Lately, there have been a number of overly negative articles on the state of beer today.  I decided to look at beer in a brighter light, and make a list of 5 things that are RIGHT with beer in America today.  Feel free to add anything you think is also right with beer today in the comments below!

1.  Selection

There is literally a beer for everyone these days.  An ultra hoppy ale, a mouth puckering sour, a crisp lager or a creamy stout.  You are likely within short driving distance of at least 1 of the > 3,000 breweries in the U.S., and if not, then a liquor store that sells more than BMC.  Pair your beer with a meal, pair it with an activity, or just plain have a beer.  Any kind you can possibly think up!

2.  Accessibility

Sure, while there are cliques and snobs out there that may make the beer industry intimidating to some, beer is truly more accessible today than it's ever been.  Chances are your local brewery serves up tastings and tours on the weekends (and sometimes during the week).  In most states, these tours and tasting are quite cheap or even free, unlike most wine tastings and tours you may attend.  Also, if you can't make it out to the brewery, brewery reps are constantly out at liquor stores giving out free tastings of their beers!  The brewery's website often will have a list of where the reps will be pouring out their goods.

3.  Affordability

Like any other hobby or interest, you can spend as much money as you're willing to shell out.  However, you really don't have to shell out as much as you think in order to enjoy a good beer these days!  Sure, there are lots of high-end bottle shops and bars, but there's an equal number of bars out there that serve great beer where you don't have to spend more than $5 or $6 a pint.  If you want to take your beer home, it's A LOT cheaper to buy some from the liquor store or find a shop with a growler station.  You will save tons of money.

4.  Delicious

There is a ton of chatter on the interwebs about a lot of "craft" beer these days not quite cutting it in terms of quality. I say humbug.  Sure, you may encounter a few speed bumps out there, but the overall quality of "craft" beer in America is excellent.  The ratio definitely leans towards tasty as heck, even if all the beers can't be white whales.

5.  Local

Having a brewery or 2 in town definitely boosts the local economy.  Good beer is something people are ecstatic to travel for these days.  When people are in town to visit a brewery, they likely spend their hard earned money elsewhere in town as well.  From restaurants to food trucks to gas stations, everyone is benefiting from the breweries in town.

Can you think of anything more that is RIGHT with beer in America today?  List it below!


Popular posts from this blog

Indiana - One Year

Just a little more than one year ago, my family and I relocated to Indianapolis from New Jersey due to some changes in my full-time job.  It was a tough, yet exciting, move for us.  We quickly had to put our small, 2nd floor condo up for sale, and at the same time travel to Indianapolis to house hunt and find a neighborhood that would suit us.
The prospect of moving to an area with a completely new to me beer landscape was intriguing.  As soon as I knew for sure that my family and I were making the move to Indiana, I performed some online searches to compile a list of the breweries that were local to our new area.  A Google Map was created just for the breweries.  Facebook pages and Instagram pages were followed.

I quickly learned that Indiana isn't quite like other states I've visited where alcohol is involved.  Some of these laws astonished me!
First things first, any minor (under 21 years old) is not allowed to step foot in a liquor store.  Not even accompanied by an adult…

The Six-Pack Project: New Jersey

Welcome to the Six-Pack Project!  The idea of the project is to create a six-pack of beer that would best represent the current beer scene in your respective state.  For me, that is obviously New Jersey.  The Six-Pack Project was created by Bryan over at the This Is Why I'm Drunk blog.  Check out his introduction to the project here!

10 years ago, beer probably wasn't the first thing that came to your mind when you were thinking about New Jersey.  However, times are changing, and it's an exciting time to be a beer drinker in the Garden State.  Every year, more and more bars are starting to serve a greater variety in beer.  Even more importantly, new breweries haven been opening in NJ each year, and lots more are in planning
Today, there is a wide variety of beer brewed here in New Jersey.  Choosing six beers to best represent the state was no easy feat, but I was up for it!  Hopefully, the following will clue you in a little bit more to some of the best bottled beers tha…

In the Brewhouse with Cypress Brewing Co.

Get excited for another NJ brewery opening soon!  Cypress Brewing will be opening their doors in early July in a tucked away industrial park at 30 Nixon Lane in Edison, NJ.  They are currently prepping for their July 9th launch party at Hailey's Harp and Pub in Metuchen, NJ, and their fermentation and brite tanks are full to prove it.  

For their launch, Cypress Brewing will have 10(!) beers ready for NJ beer fans to try out.  Their idea is to have something for everyone to be able to enjoy.
Hop heads can relish in three different IPAs:  a "nearly sessionable" Cypress IPA, a Cypress Double IPA and a 106 IBU "hop bomb" that is Cypress West Coast IPA.  
Stout lovers will clamor over the Cypress Double Chocolate Imperial Oatmeal Stout, where at 8.8% ABV, Cypress will only sell it to you in half glasses (in their tap room, at least).  

You will find a full list of their launch beers, along with brewer's descriptions, at the end of this post!

According to Cypress own…