Great Craft Beers

Everybody knows the big-name beers, but there are more than
24-hundred breweries in the United States alone, and most are craft brewers –– which means they’re small and independent.

Consumer Reports just sized up a couple dozen craft beers.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company prides itself on every bottle of beer it brews.

“Beer made at a craft brewery our size has soul, it has flavor, and it has an intensity of flavor that many large breweries just can’t match.” said Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.

How to find a good craft beer?

Adam Kaplan and experts at Consumer Reports conducted blind taste tests of 23 ales and lagers and found there were some distinct differences.

One taster compared the lowest-rated ale, Magic Hat, to a peach-tea drink.

But Consumer Reports rated 13 craft beers very good or even excellent, including several India Pale Ales.

Kaplan said, “India Pale Ales tend to be more floral and fruity than a lot of other beers, and they have an intense, lingering bitterness.”

Stone IPA is top-rated, with complex flavors –– but its bitterness might be too much for some people –– and so could the price, at nearly 11 dollars for a
six-pack.

For much less, $7.36 for a six-pack, Shock Top Wheat IPA is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. It’s a little less bitter with a slight sweetness.

Prefer a lager? Samuel Adams Boston came out on top with a range of malt and hops flavors. A six-pack goes for $8.60.

All three are good choices when your thirst is brewing this summer.

Thinking of brewing your own beer? More and more people are. Consumer Reports looked at one of the most popular home-brewing kits from Mister Beer.

The kit includes a plastic keg and all the fixings –– you just add water and brew your own beer in about three to four weeks. Tasters found the process wasn’t bad –– but the beer wasn’t that good.


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