Craft breweries keep popping up all over the country. What was once a small trend has grown significantly over the past few years. In 2015, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew 15%, totaling 4,269 breweries — the most at any time in American history. Since new craft breweries are constantly opening their doors, the love for craft beer, in general, keeps growing as well.
Clearly, the craft brewery trend isn’t going away any time soon. Because of that, trends within the craft beer world are popping up as often as their breweries are. Wondering which trends are popular this year? Here are a few of them.
Proper New England IPAs
The New England IPA is currently all the rage. And that’s thanks to Alchemist Brewery John Kimmich. Kimmich spent his days messing around with the likes of hazy IPAs trying to find something that was different from the rest. Since his experimentation, the hazy IPAs that are more formally known as the New England IPA have become a phenomenon all across the country. People just can’t seem to get enough of this alcoholic beverage, and many beer-enthusiasts are willing to pay top-dollar to get their hands on the best of these brews.
Not too long ago, beer connoisseurs were purchasing the alcohol in large containers. These bombers or growlers were once the only choices for craft beer consumption. But now, four-packs are taking over. These packs will set a buyer back $14.00 to $17.00, but breweries can’t seem to keep them on their shelves. The big appeal with these cans is that they’re a lot easier to finish than a huge bottle of beer. Growlers and bombers are becoming the types of containers you only open for certain occasions like parties.
While most people love a good IPA, those who don’t can expect a ton of lagers coming out this year. Solid lagers are actually pretty hard to make, but because of their difficult creation, people will favor them. An IPA tends to be a lot heavier on the ABV side, so a lager is perfect for someone looking for a beer they can have more than one of.
Craft beer and craft breweries are constantly growing in popularity. Because of that, new craft beer trends are always popping up. Take a look at a few of the trends listed above for an idea of what you may see this year.