What’s #DrinkLocal and Why is it Important?
An important grass-roots social movement, the #DrinkLocal tag creates awareness and support for local breweries, pubs and liquor stores.
By Dustin Miller on Sep. 07, 2016
#DrinkLocal — Why?
It’s simple: when you buy beers from local breweries (AKA “craft beer“), you’re supporting those businesses, you’re fostering industry growth and you’re nourishing new opportunities for economic development in your city. That’s very important because beer is a BIG industry, like REALLY BIG:
The Craft Brewing Industry Contributed $55.7 Billion to the U.S. Economy in 2014, [including] more than 424,000 Jobs.
#DrinkLocal — Variety!
Supporting local breweries not only benefits the economy, it also offers you more variety! Small breweries have the advantage and freedom to explore new and creative beer ideas. If their creation is a hit, it can bring them international recognition! Of course, small breweries will always have classic recipes ensuring consumers like yourself will still get what you want. After all, these beers are generally their bread and butter.
#DrinkLocal — A Beer for Everyone!
If you’re one of those individuals who really likes one particular beer and have always been drinking it, you may not be sure where to start with craft beer. Have no fear, there’s likely a local beer for you too! All you have to do is ask. Ask your local Brewmaster, your server, or the liquor store clerk. Generally, you’ll get the best suggestions and insights into locally-brewed alternatives. If you’re not close to a local brewery, pub, or liquor store, then you can always try getting a response online by messaging a local brewery’s social account on Twitter or Facebook.
That covers the basics of the #DrinkLocal movement. You can learn more about #DrinkLocal by reading up on Craft Beer, which is just one of many local products supported by the #DrinkLocal movement. At the heart of it, the #DrinkLocal movement is people supporting people and a movement is nothing without the support of people like YOU!
10 Beer Names You Might Be Saying Wrong
Sometimes you just start a habit and it sticks, so make sure you are saying the names of these beers correctly and avoid an embarrassing craft beer faux pas when out at the bar.
Does Oyster Stout Have Real Oysters?
Wondering, like I did, whether Oyster Stout has actual oysters in the recipe or it’s just a name, here’s the answer.
How To Introduce Your Mom To Craft Beer
This really could be about how to introduce anyone you love to craft beer, but since Mother’s Day is coming up we thought we’d focus on mothers.
ABV, IBU, SRM: 3 Need-To-Know Beer Acronyms
Don’t understand those acronyms and numbers on the side of your can? Here’s a quick lesson to get you in the know.
What’s the Best Way to Learn About Beer?
Ask a what? A Certified Cicerone®. That is, a beer expert who has passed a particular certification exam administered by the Craft Beer Institute. You can think of them as beer sommeliers. Obviously they know alot about beer and are a great resource.