American craft beer retail sales grew by 15% in 2011 over 2010 and now for the first time has over a 5% share of the total U.S. beer market. (That’s over a 9% share if you subtract the truly non-beer, flavored malt beverages from the total.) Wow!
What is even more impressive about the above [...]
While sampling beers recently during Tampa Bay Beer Week, I came across one brew that made me reassess my whole understanding of a particular northern German wheat beer style. In the past I had too often found the traditional Berliner Weisse beer, when drunk straight, to be a bit too sour for my liking. To me, its sharp sourness overpowered the more subtle, yeast- and grain-derived wheat beer character of the base brew. Some Berliner Weisse even seemed to have a funky aroma that made me think of sauerkraut. [...]