Trying to navigate the suddenly complex and overwhelming world of craft beer at a time when seasonal sours and bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stouts are all the rage? It's best to lay a foundation first -- building institutional knowledge of what exactly craft beer is, which styles you like and what breweries built the industry into the juggernaut it is today.
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|Want to get into craft beer but don't know where to start? Ease into it at BrewFest.|
The inaugural Houston Press BrewFest on Saturday, May 18 at Silver Street Station is exactly that opportunity. This isn't necessarily the craft beer festival for die-hard homebrewers or hard-core beer nerds. Instead, this is an open invitation to anyone who's interested in learning more about craft beer and tasting through some entry-level to mid-range samples on a pleasant May afternoon.
According to market research, sales of craft beer doubled over the five year period between 2007 and 2012, up from only $5.7 billion in sales to $12 billion by 2012. That's a drastic difference in the overall beer market -- saturated with mass produced beers like Miller, Bud and Coors -- which increased only 1 percent.
"Sales of traditional mass-produced beer in the U.S. have basically remained flat for several years," reported Brad Tuttle in Time last month, "giving the impression that if consumers are drinking more beer, they're probably turning to craft beverages."More »