We drink to celebrate, we drink to mourn; sometimes we even drink just because it's Tuesday. And with the rise of craft and microbreweries, there is no better time than now for a beer lover like you or me. To answer this question, "What are the best beers for 2022?", we need to take a short excursion into the world of what's hot in the beer space.
First, let's start with craft vs microbreweries. What are they?
Micro-breweries are independently owned breweries that produce less than 15,000 barrels per year. Craft breweries are defined as independent breweries with an annual production of fewer than 6 million barrels. The Brewer's Association created the definition to separate these craft breweries from other brewers that were producing more than 6 million barrels per year but still fell under the term "craft brewery". Many microbreweries tend to be smaller and focus on using quality ingredients to produce a limited selection of beer styles.
Now Let's Get Into The Best Beers For 2022
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale is a flagship beer from the craft brewery of the same name, located in Lyons, Colorado. It represents a balance between malt and hops – two ingredients that play well together – and offers a rich nose with caramel undertones to counter the bitterness of American hops.
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale
Being one of the most well known craft breweries in America, Dogfish Head is known for their unique beers that are bold and flavorful. One of their popular beers is SeaQuench Ale which has a slightly sour taste with hints of fruit to compliment the saltiness.
Pfriem Family Brewers is a microbrewery in the U.S., located in Hood River, Oregon. Pfriem IPA is an albino Pale Ale that has a five percent ABV. It uses locally harvested spruce tips from the Pacific Northwest. This beer has notes of grapefruit, pine, and bread crust.With flavors of citrusy hops alongside an earthy yeast presence.
Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
The genesis of Peace Tree Blonde Fatale is simple, with one goal in mind: craft a crushable Belgian-style blonde that appeals to everyone. The result is a mellow ale that has aroma notes of clove and spice which are balanced with hints of citrus. This microbrewery is one to watch.
Night Shift Nite Lite Craft Light Lager
Nite Lite is the perfect low-ABV craft light lager to enjoy all night. With only 120 calories and 4% ABV, you can have your brew plus something salty! The beer pours sunny gold and has hints of biscuit, citrus flavors in each sip for an easy drinking experience without any fuss or extra calories! This craft brewery is definitely one to keep an eye out for!
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
- Benjamin Franklin
This year, beer tastes are going to get even better! The breweries listed above have already attracted attention for their excellent output and it is likely that you will hear these names when talking about great beers from 2022 or later. Perhaps its a little early but these companies know how to make some incredible brews - just wait!
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