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What is Craft Beer?

Craft beer breweries have been taking Ocean City by storm, but what exactly separates craft beer from standard brews?  Below we breakdown the ins and outs of craft beer, as defined by our friends at brewersassociation.org:

–  The term ‘craft beer’ refers specifically to brews made by small, independent brewers, using fine local ingredients.  To be considered a true craft beer brewery, annual production cannot exceed 6 million barrels.

–  Being made in a small brewery is vital, but the most defining characteristic of craft beer is innovation.  Brewing in small batches gives microbreweries leeway to experiment with new techniques, flavor profiles, and styles- luxuries larger breweries don’t have.  Modern interpretations and unusual twists on historic styles often result in one-of-a-kind craft beer recipes that are unique to a specific brewery.

–  Much craft beer is made using traditional ingredients like malted barley and hops, but it is also common for brewers to rely on non-traditional ingredients, like local fruits, honey, or chocolate, to add distinctive flavors to their beers.  The combination of taking unique approaches and using local ingredients is essential for brewers to maintain the independence and integrity of their craft beers.

–  The life of a craft beer brewer does not end with creating unique suds.  It is an unwritten rule that craft beer breweries take hands on, philanthropic approaches within the local community.  Many breweries offer volunteer services around town, sponsor community events, and make regular donations to charitable organizations.  Craft beer breweries are also very devoted to their customers and tend to be innovative when  marketing their brand and building relationships with patrons.

–  Most Americans live within 10 miles of a craft beer brewer.  If you are in Ocean City, you are within 10 miles of many craft beer breweries.

Anthony Towey
Anthony Toweyhttps://www.oceancity.com
Anthony started as a freelancer before being hired as OceanCity.com’s Senior Writer and Content Editor. He received his B.A. and Master’s education in American and local history at Salisbury University, where he was a National Honor Society member and intramural softball champion. Prior to working at OceanCity.com, he held nearly every position in the restaurant industry and ran a personal webpage/satire blog. When he’s not hunched over his laptop writing about all things Ocean City, or doing hands on research at bars and events, he spends his time exploring the Shore’s best craft beer breweries, watching the Ravens and Orioles, cooking gourmet meals, attempting (unsuccessfully) to improve his golf game, and daydreaming about his favorite holiday, Punkin Chunkin.

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