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A Look at America's Recent Love Affair with Craft Beers

Last updated 5 years ago

Within the last two decades, the beer industry in the U.S. has experienced unprecedented growth. Most of that growth has been in the craft beer sector, with producers who brew fewer than six million barrels per year. Bartenders across the country pour delicious pints and pitchers for happy beer lovers everywhere. Some of the most popular craft breweries include:

The Boston Beer Company

One of the craft beers that helped to launch the current craze for artisanal brews, the Boston Brewing Company is better known as Samuel Adams, the name of its iconic brand of beer. Founded in 1984 by a former business consultant, this company is still one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S., shipping about 2.5 million barrels annually.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Over on the other coast, in the town of Chico, California, Sierra Nevada has actually been brewing beer longer than the Boston Beer Company. Since 1980, they have produced their signature pale ale, which is the second best-selling craft beer behind Sam Adams—an impressive feat, considering that Sierra Nevada ships about half as many barrels as their Beantown brethren.

New Belgium Brewing

Right in the middle of the country, in scenic Fort Collins, Colorado, this brewery produces Fat Tire, one of the best-selling amber ales on the craft beer market. Like many other craft breweries, New Belgium is implementing alternative energy strategies to reduce their carbon footprint, and the company wants to derive 100% of their power from wind in the next few years.

Skillfully pulling a pint of one of these beers requires practice, and depending on your tap and the type of beer you are serving, you need to use proper techniques to ensure a good pour for your customers. This is just one of the many bartending skills you can learn from Professional Bartending Schools of America. To find one of our bartender schools near you, visit us online or call us today at (513) 542-3500.


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