local brewIt’s no secret that Americans love their beer. But while big beer companies might get the majority of nationwide sales, small and independent breweries account for almost 99% of breweries currently in operation. Talk about a true passion!

Independent breweries may be small, but that doesn’t mean they don’t produce quality local brews. Whether you’re a beer lover or you’re looking for ways to support your local economy, here are a few excellent reasons to enjoy a pint from your local brewery.

Personal Touch
Odds are that if you go to a craft brewery to try a local beer, you’ll get to meet the people who have developed the beer from start to finish. These brewers opened a brewery to share their craft with others, so it is no secret that beer is their entire life. Hearing about their experiences and passion for beer might not make your drink any better or worse, but it will give you a new appreciation for just how much went into making it a reality.

Supporting Your Local Economy
If you’re supporting your neighborhood brewery, odds are you’re supporting other businesses in your area as well. For example, most breweries offer wine and spirits in addition to their beers, and the chances of those supplemental drinks being from other local suppliers is pretty high! In addition, any food served is likely prepared in-house and crafted using ingredients from local farmers and vendors. So the simple act of going out for a beer with friends can actually turn into a night filled with supporting your local economy, without you even realizing it!

More Options
Whether you’re a stout fanatic or you love a good Hefeweizen, odds are your neighborhood brewery can sample everything and everything you’d like. Part of the beauty of craft breweries is that they have the liberty to change up their beer offerings whenever they like. Not only does that mean creative freedom for brewers, it means more variety for you.

Craft beer is taking the world by storm, and it’s not hard to see why. The three points made above are just the tip of the beer iceberg! So next time you’re looking for a place to drink with friends, consider visiting your local brewery.