It’s no secret that we’re big fans of craft beer here. And unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several years, you know that craft beer has been making some waves in the big wide world of booze. But you might not know that there are actual benefits to drinking craft beer over the big beer company beers.
In case you have no idea what craft beer is, why their breweries are so cool, and what the big fuss is all about. Craft beer (according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary) is a specialty beer produced in small quantities at a craft brewery. And craft breweries, which are independently owned and operated by the craft brewers themselves, are slowly (or rapidly, if you live here in Charlotte), taking over the casual night life scene.
The number one benefit to drinking craft beer is, of course, that it’s delicious so you’ll enjoy it. But besides that, there are some other major benefits to choosing craft!
Higher alcohol content
That’s right! While there seems to be no limit to craft beer’s variety, they all have one thing in common. MORE ALCOHOL! The average A.B.V (alcohol by volume) for a craft beer is 5.9%. For comparison, the big beer companies weigh in with an average abv of 4.3%. But some craft beers can have an abv in the teens, and if they’re super ballsy, twenty-something. One thing is for sure: craft brewers sure know how to show their drinkers a good time!
Support a local business
Craft beers are produced by small, independently owned breweries. When you choose a craft beverage, even if you’re not at the brewery itself, you’re still supporting a local business. The individuals behind your favorite brews are people just like you living in your city. So, in a way, you could argue that you’re drinking to support the local economy! And we fully support that argument!
Meet the people responsible
Most people live within 10 miles of a craft brewery, so not only can you meet the folks who make your favorite beer, but you can usually tour the facility, too! Craft brewers take their craft (har har, see what we did there?) seriously, and you’ll get a whole new appreciation for those tasty pints.
Have you ever cracked open a big beer company’s beer after it’s gotten warm? We can bet you got a mouth full of nasty, skunky beer. That’s because the big beers are made with rice. But craft beer is made from barley, hops, and water. And they’re delicious at any temperature. (But seriously, stick those babies in a fridge because they’re really delicious ice cold!)
Okay, so a craft beer might cost you a little more than those other, watered down beers. But they are intended to be savored and enjoyed, not chugged down. And since they have a higher alcohol content, each beer packs a powerful punch. You’ll get a nice buzz going in far fewer beers when you choose craft.
Improve your health
Did you know that craft beer actually has more health benefits than red wine? It’s a good source of selenium, B vitamins, phosphorus, folate, and niacin. It’s even been said that moderate beer drinking may actually help build stronger bones! Forget milk! Craft beer is one of the few dietary sources of silicon, which helps fight off osteoporosis.
It also contains antioxidants, a substantial amount of protein, and some fiber!
Consume less calories
Kind of like the “spend less money” phenomenon, you’ll likely drink less calories per drinking session when you opt for a craft beer. While each individual beer has a few more calories than the other guys, you actually consume less through the course of the night.
Spend less time in line for the bathroom
Ever heard the expression: don’t break the seal? Those watered down big beers will have you hitting the bathroom every ten minutes to pee. With craft beer, you’ll consume less in general throughout the evening which your bladder will thank you for.
Have a chilled night out with friends
Here in Charlotte, breweries are offering a chilled alternative to a crazy night out. With abundant indoor and outdoor seating, string lights, and access to awesome food trucks, beer drinkers have all they need for a fun night out with friends.
37 states and the District of Columbia allow for craft breweries to sell their beers on site directly to the customer. We also have it on good authority that other states will be joining in on the fun soon.
We know you probably didn’t need any more reasons to love craft beer, but we couldn’t help but share these awesome facts with you.