Whether you end your day with an ice cold Corona or reach for a bourbon barrel-aged stout, if you’ve cracked a beer anytime in the last several years, you’ve probably noticed a surge in the number of alternatives to macrobrews—those big commercial brewery beers like Corona, Bud, Miller Lite, etc.
These alternatives make up a category called “craft beer.” And while it’s easy to spot the difference between Miller High Life and Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre, defining craft beer generally is a murkier (frothier?) business.
There’s never been a better time to be a beer lover in Sacramento. With the explosion of the farm-to-fork movement in the city coupled with the nationwide resurgence of craft breweries, Sacramento is a destination for beer lovers. Sacramento has more than 50 local breweries operate in and around the city, and many of them source their ingredients locally, ensuring unique flavor profiles and truly local beers.
What is Craft Beer?
Trying to define craft beer is a difficult task, as beer can be very subjective and personal experience. However, the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes small and independent U.S. brewers, defines an American craft brewer. This definition allows the organization to provide statistics on the growing craft brewery segment, which currently makes up 98 percent of all breweries in the U.S.
Craft Beer in the United States
Now is the best time in U.S. history to be a craft beer lover. As a nation, the U.S. now has more beer styles and brands to choose from than any other market in the world. As of 2018, more than 7, 000 breweries are responsible for the beer brands available in the U.S. These breweries have had many successes and challenges, but they could not have developed their reputations as producers of the world’s best beer without support from beer lovers. Learn about the rich history of craft beer by clicking on the following link: American beer history. Utilizing these resources will better help you answer that age-old question, “What is craft beer?”. Whether you want to be a craft beer expert, or just learn a little more before trying your first craft beer, we’re happy to help. We are the best resource to use when you want to learn more about craft beer and beer brands.
CA Craft Beer Summit Event Schedule – Sacramento, CA
WEDNESDAY 9/5: Industry Welcome Reception 6pm-9pm
Thursday- Sept 6
CCBA Members Meeting (8:30-9:20 am) Educational Sessions (9:30-12:30pm) Expo Hall Open (Noon-4:30 pm) Opening Night Reception (4:30-6 pm) CA Craft Beer Dinner (Separate ticket) (6pm-9pm)
Friday- Sept 7
Summit Educational Sessions (9-11:15 am) Expo Hall Open (11am-5pm) Brewers Reception (5pm-6:30pm)
Saturday- Sept 8
Brewers Breakfast on Capitol Lawn (9 am-11 am) Summit Beer Festival on Capitol Mall (12 pm -4 pm)