Updated: Apr 12
With over 150 different beer styles and thousands brands to choose from, craft beer tasting has become a lifestyle culture and a learning experience. We present some of the most up to date and fun to follow Craft Beer Blogs.
Craft Beer is a worldwide phenomenon that is growing rapidly for a many years now. Some of the best known & quality breweries are located in Europe and the USA - but not exclusively. Canada, China, Vietnam, Japan, Australia etc., are other countries that feel proud for their world-class craft brewing production. It looks like slowly but steadily, the whole planet is thirsty for craft beer.
Why has craft beer become so popular?
There are numerous reasons explaining the awesome world-wide craft beer phenomenon. Here is a brief analysis the essential ones below:
Home brewing is a fast-spreading hobby. Everybody can try it with a simple home-brew kit ordered on the internet. Afterward, becoming a gipsy/nomad/contract brewer requires no equipment to invest in; just the beer recipes. Then, creating a micro-brewery is the next step. Finally, we have more craft beer production at multiple scales.
Buying second hand brewing equipment, large and small, or importing equipment from other countries at affordable prices, was simply not an option just a few years ago. This is now commonplace practice & helps people make their first brewing steps.
Home brewers go a step forward by trying new tastes, new ingredients and new recipes. Their real-time testers are their friends, family and community who make suggestions for improvements. In the end, this involves more people into the craft beer network, lifestyle, philosophy & economy.
Craft beers simply taste better than the mass production beers. Brewers put their heart & soul in a bottle, can or keg, together with quality ingredients. They pay attention to the smallest details of the brewing process.
Food pairings. Craft beer pairs surprisingly well with almost any kind of food. An excellent match for BBQ & outdoor events. White meat (chicken/fish), seafood, pasta, sliced meats, cheese & desserts are must. Beer styles matched with the right foods will blow your mind. For more, try one of our Craft Beer & Tasting Tours in Greece.
There is such a variety of beer styles, flavours & specialty craft brewers, that it is nearly impossible not to satisfy everybody's taste: India Pale Ale (IPA), New England IPA, Dark IPA, Blondes, Dry Hopped Ales, Imperial Stouts, Hoppy Summer Ales, Honey Weiss, Helles Lagers, Dunkels, Sours - are only a few beer styles. The list keeps growing longer & longer with brewers' creativity & imagination and new craft beer styles keeps developing.
Craft Beer society is expanding & beer tasting has become a highly interesting hobby and also a fun learning experience. You can taste local craft beers of Greece by joining one of our Craft Beer Walking Tours or Craft Beer Tasting Session.
Weekend breaks, summer holidays & craft beer festivals provide the right frame to search of new beerhouses, pubs & discover craft beer tastes.
Craft beer festivals are now taking place all year round worldwide, bringing craft beer people together & creating stronger networks at the same time. Beer tasting has turned out to be a social phenomenon, while the stories behind each craft beer or brewer make the experience even more engaging .
Local economies and independently owned businesses are growing & progressing. The outcome is a need for new employees, brewers, specialized bottle shops and even specialized travel experiences like our Craft Beer Walking Tours in Greece, around the world.
In October 1976, Jack McAuliffe opens one of the first micro-breweries in Sonoma California New Albion Brewing Co.; a catalyst of the emerging craft beer movement in the U.S.A.
Through its 6 years in business, New Albion Brewing inspired countless homebrewers to open their own breweries.
New Albion Ale is acknowledged as their flagship beer & a true legend on the modern craft beer era.
A HUGE CHEERS! YAMAS! to an authentic pioneer that made his dream & ours, come true!
7 Craft Beer Blogs worth following
This website is published by the Brewers Association, a nonprofit organization that protects and promotes small & independent U.S. craft brewers. Their mission is to bring to light the stories of these people, their businesses & communities, for all to see.
They are the heartbeat of the U.S. craft beer society. Additionally you may find beer school, educational resources and amazing tools like: brewery finder, demystify beer styles, beer & food pairings & highly interesting blogposts. A must-visit website.
2. Brew York
Brew York was established in 2009 as a resource for craft beer drinkers, bar owners, brewers, and distributors in the New York area. The site provides news and information about craft beer events, bars, breweries, and new beers available in New York City and surrounding areas. In addition, Brew York covers regulatory issues affecting the beer industry, legislative updates from City Hall and Albany, plus other news that impact everything from the brew kettle to the pint glass.
The Full Pint has been a trusted place for craft breweries and those who want information on craft beer for over 10 years now. The Full Pint is an independently owned niche website that features beer news, beer reviews, beer event listings, opinion articles on beer and within the last year, a podcast where they have fun conversations with important people in the beer industry. A free platform for small, medium and large craft breweries to get their good news out, and a free resource for people who love craft beer to get the latest scoop.
Brewpublic leaves no beer behind in the quest to bring thirsty Brewpublicans information on the finest craft ales, lagers, yeast culture, and all things beer and brewing related. Their mission is to provide us with current brewing news, events and culture, like no other resource in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.A.
Brewpublic is more that just beer, it is a community who shares a collective passion for all that brewing encompasses.
5. Mr. Beer
Mr. Beer is all about making homebrewing easy and consistent. They are far from new in what they are doing; they were the first to have a "1-800-" support line and online chat! By the mid 2000's, Mr. Beer introduced an easy-to-use website, a beer of the month club, and the introduction of cider, well before today's cider craze!
After almost 20 years of strong growth and millions of homebrew kits sold, the company was acquired by the Australian Coopers Brewery in December 2011. The Coopers Brewery is a family owned brewery with 150 years of experience behind them, and the world's largest manufacturer of brewing malts.
This is a space devoted to the future of beer.
Located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, surrounded by some of the best bars and restaurants, the GBH Studio is home to a strategy & design practice devoted to craft beer and craft-minded brands who strive to be more impactful and relevant. Stories, sightlines, podcast, events & an e-shop are just a few examples of what the website offers. Not to miss the b-Roll link, including visits to breweries, festivals and experiences.
The Greek blog about Beer. More than anything else, it is a Beer Encyclopedia. Zythopedia is the combination of the words Zythos ( meaning beer in Greek) & Encyclopedia. This is a huge data bank about the laws in the country of Greece concerning beer, brewing equipment & techniques, suppliers, basic knowledge, events & news.
A pioneer in the Greek beer world that keeps evolving & stays up to date. Definitely a must-visit website from absolute beginners to experienced brewers and beer enthusiasts of all levels.
Of course, the beer blogs presented above is only a small selection, according to the variety of information that each one has to offer.
Bonnie and Clyde Urban Tours in not only a Travel Agency that operates non-touristy tours for young-at-heart-travellers; it also follows the Craft Beer scene and Travel trends worldwide.
Part of our mission is creating and developing a stronger Craft Beer network in Greece!
That is why our Events page presents Craft Beer events & festivals worldwide, while our Blogposts provide information & personal experiences on craft beers, brewers, bottle shops & Craft Beer Tours. Our Craft beer community is continuously becoming bigger & stronger.
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