If you are the kind of person that has enjoyed one brand of beer for years, you are also the type of person that has been asked numerous times, “So, have you ever given any thought to a really good craft beer?” Depending on your audience, your answer may vary, but ultimately, you come to the conclusion that your beer of choice has been a part of your life for years, and it’ll stay that way.
Good on you for sticking to your guns, but with as many people who have asked you about craft beer, do you ever wonder if you’re missing out? What if there was someone who just didn’t enjoy beer or had made the decision to not drink beer? Is their not having tasted craft beer unsettled their general existence on this planet?
Technically, the sun has done right by us all and provided light when we’ve needed it, but as soon as we had electricity and light bulbs, we knew they were the future, right? When it comes to beer, the traditional stuff has always been great, but is craft beer a sign of the times?
Truth be told, craft beer is a return to old-school ways of making beer, but it has the added sensibility of being a bit experimental with exotic ingredients, all for the sake of developing a unique flavor profile you can’t find anywhere else.
If you’re thinking of dipping your toes into the craft beer waters, here are three beers you should definitely try:
Luna Rosa Wit – Subtly spiced with coriander and rather than the orange peels traditionally added to Wits, we’ve added a puree of blood oranges, giving this unique beer a pink hue and refreshing citrus character. If you’re thinking about food pairings, veggie dishes and sushi would probably make a killer combination.
Nebulas Hazy IPA – Loaded with tropical and citrus flavors, this beer features Ciara and Mosaic hops to create an out-of-this-world, easy-drinking IPA. You could find foods that are pretty run of the mill to go with this beer, but maybe trying more of an international flair would make this beer really stand out. Dishes from the India, African, and the Middle East would be top candidates.
Flix Golden Ale – A light golden ale that starts slightly sweet and has a crisp and dry finish. Medium bodied, so it is satisfying for any palate and is extremely easy to drink. Sometimes, a good beer doesn’t need to be complicated with exotic food pairings. This bad-boy goes well with your standard backyard grill foods like brats, hotdogs, and hamburgers.
As you can see, craft beer is nothing to fear. It really is just a refinement of the flavors we’ve come to love in our own beer, but the hope is to take those flavors to very new levels. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, you may find yourself enjoying craft beer as part of some culinary experimentation. Either way, that sounds like a total win-win for everyone.