Craft Beer vs. Red Wine: A Battle For The Ages!
- #1 Round one: 1) Americans are imbibing more... 66% of American drinks occasionally, up from 64% in 2011; 2) And when they do... 39% say beer is their first choice, a growing number that is fueling the nation's craft beer
- #2 Round two: 1) "Beer has a vastly greater range of flavors than wine, derived from the range of ingredients that are built into each sip of beer" - Jim Koch, Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams.
- #3 Round three: 1) "Today's craft brewers have taken the main styles of beer from great brewing countries as England, Germany, and Belgium and added their own twist by increasing the amount of ingredients used, by using new,
and non-traditional beer ingredients, or by altering the brewing process. These changes have resulted in more flavor and diversity in today's beers. for those who appreciate choice, it's a very good time to be a beer lover!" - Brewers
- #4 Round four: 1) "Beer is a triple threat. A full flavored beer, like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, can pair with all 3 courses of a meal. Beer allows food to continue to be enjoyable and not fight for flavors, strength or aftertaste" -
Gianni Gabicci, NYC Beer and Wine Sommelier; 2) "Craft beer comes in such a variety of styles that it can complement any meal, possibly better than wine for that reason, and can add dimension to recipes in cooking" - Jim Koch,
Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams.
- #5 Round five: 1) "It's all a matter of taste... A study of researchers at Penn State and Brock University in Canada finds that when it comes to appreciating the subtleties of wine, experts can taste things many of us can't... making
wine shopping confusing and overwhelming." - NPR; 2) "Food and wine have shared an incredibly long and successful run together and it's time to give beer the same respect" - CNN Eatocracy; 3) "For about the same price as a
mediocre bottle of wine, you can buy a 6-pack of craft beer made with the highest quality ingredients" - Jim Koch, Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams.
- The winner. With a wide array of styles and flavors, beer is a perfect complement to a wide range of foods and occasions. Try reaching for a beer instead of wine the next time you are at he dinner table.
Sources: http://www.gallup.com/poll/1582/alcohol-drinking.aspx; http://www.galluo.com/poll/156770/majority-drink-alcohol-averaging-four-drinks-week.aspx; http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/style-finder/overview;