Thursday, December 30, 2004

2004 Trends in Beer

Craft beer continued to gain ground. Beyond that I see two major trends.

One, thanks to the work of Garrett Oliver, more and more people are realizing how incredibly well food goes with beer. Let's be honest. Beer is much better than wine with most types of food due to its versatility and carbonation. This is beginning to dawn on people. Once restaurants and gourmets start realizing this, craft beer will make serious inroads into the current wine-drinking community.

Secondly, a lot of brewers have been experimenting with aging their beers in bourbon barrels. I'm not sure how long this trend will last, but it was interesting. And it seems to have come of age in 2004.

To add to your post, there was an article in the paper today about the food year in review and it mentioned how brew pubs are really getting popular in the area. A new Iron Hill Brewery is opening, another Sly Fox is opening, and Triumph's is looking for a 3rd location.-CJ
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