Red Wine vs. Craft Beer: A Battle For Ages
- #1 Round one: 1) Americans are imbibing more... 66% of Americans drink 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 explosion.
- #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 such as England, Germany, and Belgium and added their own twist by increasing the amount of ingredients
used, by using new, non-traditional beer ingredients, or by altering the brewing process. These changes have 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 Association.
- #4 Round four: 1) "Beers is a triple threat. A full flavored beer, like Samuel, Adams Boston Lager, can pair with a;; 3 courses of meal. Beer allows food to continue to be enjoyable and not fight for flavors, strength or
aftertaste" - Gianni Gabicce. NYC Beer and Wine Sommelier; 2) "Craft beer comes in such a variety of styles that it can complement any meal, possible 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 by researchers at Penn State and Brock University in Canada finds than 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. "Food and wine have shared an incredibly long and successful run together and it's time to give beer the same respect" - CNN Eatocracy; 2) "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 nect time you are at the dinner table.
Sources: 1. http://www.gallup.com/poll/1582/alcohol-drinking.aspx; 2. http://www.gallup.com/poll/156770/majority-drink-alcohol-averaging-four-drinks-week.aspx; 3. http://www.craftbeer.com/pages/style-finder/
overview; 4. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/03/06/147826845/most-of-us-just-cant-taste-the-nuances-in-high-priced-wines; 5. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/04/03/pairing-beer-with-food.