Let me give you a dozen…..great reasons why you should drink craft beer.

Published 03 Dec 2019

Let me give you a dozen…..great reasons why you should drink craft beer.

1. Better Taste

Craft beer has a richer and more distinct taste than watery mass produced beer. Most craft brewers are passionate about the taste and flavour of their beer. So they invest the time and energy required to maintain or improve the quality of the beer instead of concentrating on huge marketing campaigns.

2. More Alcohol

Most craft beers will offer you more alcohol by volume (at least 5 to 10 percent) but some even provide up to 20 percent. Unfortunately, beers from larger breweries seldom offer you more than 5 percent. That’s why they are typically called mass produced ‘beer water’. Hence, you will need fewer pints of craft beer at each drinking session.

3. Greater Variety

Craft beer gives you more choices than the common larger beers sold by major brewers. Here in NZ, there are thousands of delicious craft beers with every craft brewery striving to create a unique blend of ingredients to give you a beer you can talk about.

4. Health Benefits

Craft beer offers some important health benefits because it contains antioxidants, protein, and vitamin B complex. Some recent scientific studies show that hops could act as a barrier against gradual decline of the brain’s cognitive functions. Drinking craft beer regularly (with moderation, of course) can provide these benefits because of the high quality ingredients used to brew it.

5. Better Conversations

Any time you go out to drink craft beer with your friends, you will have a chance to start off a good conversation about the taste and quality of the beer. This can then lead to other intelligent discussions about the style, origin, ingredients, and other interesting features of the type of beer you are drinking. Start drinking craft beer and say bye-bye to boredom!

6. Lower Cost

Most craft beers are at least twice as strong as the “beer water” sold by big breweries. So typically, you will need to consume about 4 to 6 watery lager beers in a single drinking season. But if you drink craft beers, you will enjoy the strong high quality taste in a porter, stout, IPA or pale ale. So you will not need to consume more than 3 pints before you are satisfied. This will also reduce the pressure on your bladder and you will make fewer trips to the bathroom.

7. Better Ingredients

Although beer is typically made from: water, hops, grains and yeast, most local breweries ensure that they use the best quality ingredients to make their beer. A visit to the nearest craft brewery will reveal that they use fresh, organically grown high quality ingredients. In fact, almost all craft breweries will be ready to let you see and handle the ingredients they use. Plus... NZ hops are some of the finest in the world and something to be proud of in your beer!

8. A Beer for Every Season

During winter, autumn, or spring, you can get craft beers that are made primarily for that season. Instead of drinking the same boring watery beer throughout the year, why don’t you drink something refreshingly different during each season, like aged barrel stout during winter and a delicious fresh hopped beer in autumn.

9. Supporting the Local Economy

Drinking locally made craft beer helps you to support the economy of the community where you live. You will help the local farmers and create more employment opportunities in your locality. In addition, most craft breweries also fund local charities and help to host local events. So you should drink craft beer to help your community to thrive.

10. Environmentally Friendly Brewing

Most local brewers work hard to maintain environmentally sustainable practices. They practice composting, offer spent grain to local farmers and even use alternative sources of energy. Craft breweries are more concerned about eco-friendly practices than making a huge amount of money. Also, each time you fill your keg or make use of a reusable growler, you are helping to reduce waste. Sawmill Brewery in Matakana are an excellent example of these practices.

11. Food and Beer Pairings

Pairing beer with food has become a huge trend in the craft beer industry and the food industry. Learning a beer’s profile and pairing your craft beer with specific flavours can really enhance your meal.

12. The Craft Beer Community

There is a huge community that revolves around craft beer and the people involved are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Kelly Ryan from Fork & Brewer in Wellington is a shining example. Hang out in your local brewery’s tasting room to meet other craft beer drinkers, come on one of our brewery tours, visit a craft beer festival in your area, or join a craft beer Facebook group. There are so many ways to get involved in the amazing community of craft beer.

Those are some of my important reasons why you should start drinking craft beers. With the exceptional taste, high quality ingredients including NZ hops, lower cost and impact on your local community, you have many reasons to be a proud craft beer drinker.

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