According to a story run by KBJR News, in the last three years 20 microbreweries or brew pubs have opened up in the Northland. The two part newscast talked about why craft beers are taking hold, and how big of an impact it is having on the regions economy. You can see the two clips below (please bear with the brief commercial beforehand).
I was disappointed to hear them end the first part of the store with a teaser for the next installment referring to the dark side of craft beer. The so called dark side has to do with alcohol content, and implies that all craft beers have very high alcohol content, and that craft beer drinkers need to take extra precautions to avoid DWI scenarios.
A lame comparison test was done between a light multinational corporate beer, and a 9.9% ABV Craft beer. It does not take a physicist to predict the results, but the story assumes that craft beer drinkers guzzle beer like college frat boys on the cheap. While a couple patrons interviewed in the story tried to make the point that people who enjoy craft beers tend to savor the flavor instead of “pounding ‘em down”, it was glossed over.
See the story for yourself. What do you think? Maybe I just over-reacted to the “Dark Side of Craft Beer” title.
Part 2 The Dark Side of Craft Beer