This is major news , folks! If you enjoy craft beer, and especially if you follow the innovative, creative art of many US microbreweries, then you need to read this article. The Brewers Association is an US-based group that exists to promote US craft brewers. Craft brewing is usually considered an art that focuses on inventive, flavorful beers brewed in small batches for beer lovers, rather than bad beer brewed in massive batches purely for profit. So, while corporate groups like Anheuser-Busch InBev might call Bud Light a fine pilsner beer, you and I both know that it is watery, corn-filled crap beer. If you read our articles here at Everything On Tap, then chances are you know and love good, craft beer. So it is very exciting for us, and presumably for you, that five new beer styles have been officially recognized by the Brewers Association. These styles are part of the 2014 guidelines published by the association.
According to association president Charlie Papazian, “These guidelines are compiled every year to help bring awareness to the different styles and to portray the ever advancing differences between beers. Creativity and ingenuity of craft brewers continues to be a force in the evolution of beer.”
The five new styles are as follows:
1. Australian-Style Pale Ale: Pale ale whose hops tend to produce more bitterness, and less complex aromas.
2. Belgian-Style Fruit Beer: Beer that is infused with fruit during the brewing process.
3. Dutch-Style Kuit: Ale brewed with oats, barley, and wheat, in the Dutch tradition.
4. Historical Beer: Beer whose recipe and brewing process are based on beers of ages past.
5. Wild Beer: Beer whose fermenting yeast is not introduced by the brewer, but comes from the natural surrounding environment.
This is good news for craft beer lovers, as these styles open up new worlds of flavor and enjoyment. It is also good news, because it means that the Brewers Association is continuing to expand its definition and understanding of craft beer, and to recognize beer worldwide that is appreciated and enjoyed by segments of the population. To American craft brewers who like to experiment with brews, I say, keep up the good work! One day, your new style may be recognized internationally.