We get this question less frequently these days, but it still is a common question. Well, at the brewery level, craft breweries are defined as small, traditional, independent breweries; often at a very local level, lead by an inspired entrepreneur and brewed in small batches, with no additives or preservatives. Craft beer is brewed using hand selected ingredients, specifically picked with certain flavor characteristics in mind and brewed with the end goal of flavorful, quality beer.
At the beer level, Craft beer is marketed, mostly on its merits as a beer, with emphasis on its particular style, flavor and the ingredients that went into making the product. Craft beer can be anything from a hazy golden straw color to a coppery orange to a ruby brown to an inky black and everything in between.
Craft beer can taste, at various times, like chocolate, coffee, oak, caramel, molasses, grass, floral hops, dark fruit, smoke, grapefruit, oranges, lemon, coriander, pumpkin, hazelnut, and any number of other ingredients. Quite simply, its more of an experience, with everyone having their favorite.
Some other common characteristics surrounding the craft beers world include: Craft beer is lovingly poured into a special glass, at just the right temperature, and given the chance to warm and release its flavors, craft beer lovers pay particular attention to a beers color and thickness of the head, the color and clarity and the nose of the beer are all examined, analyzed and appreciated, before the beer itself is savored on the palate. More recently, craft beer is sometimes selected and served as an integral accompaniment to a fine meal. We at Chill street spend a great deal of time educating our customers on this enhanced culinary experience.