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Beer trending back to basics

If hoppy IPAs or fruity sours are not your things, brewers across the country are hoping to make the beer right for you. 


The beer aficionado website HopCulture named the return of lagers and non-alcoholic beers two of the top trends to look for in the craft beer industry in 2022. Lagers popularized by the macro-brewery offerings by Miller, Coors, and Budweiser have seen a comeback for microbreweries over the last few years as they look to drinkers who want to have a lower alcohol content in their beer. Likewise, non-alcoholic beers are also becoming more popular as brewers have figured out how to produce the offerings without sacrificing the taste. Bridge Up Brewing’s Trent Snyder says the trend acknowledges that not everyone wants something with a strong flavor or high alcohol content.

Despite the trends, do not expect the popularity of India Pale Ales (IPAs) to disappear anytime soon.  According to the beer check-in app Untappd, the top style of beer was the American IPA with 7.2 million check-ins. Other IPA styles like the New England /Hazy and the Imperial/Double accounted for another 10.2 million check-ins.

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