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5 Interesting Facts For Craft Beer Lovers

America has had a longstanding relationship with beer, but many Americans are turning their beer-centric affections toward craft breweries. If you’re one of the millions of craft beer fanatics, then you’ll love these 5 little known facts about microbrews. 1. Craft breweries must be small. In order for a brewer to have their beer classified as a “craft beer”, their company must produce less than 6 million barrels per year. The brewery must also be independently owned, with no more of 25% of the business controlled by an outside industry member. 2. Oregon is the biggest beer state in the country. Oregon is home to over 70 cities with craft breweries and Portland, Oregon has more breweries than any other city in the world! Oregon’s craft beer is a multi-billion dollar industry and employs nearly 30,000 workers. Washington and Colorado follow closely in most breweries per capita. 3. IPAs are the most popular craft beer type. For beer lovers, it may come as no surprise that the India Pale Ale is the bestselling brew in America. This strong, hoppy brew is moderately high in alcohol content, but can be paired with any number of dishes. 4. The serving glass matters. Just like wine, beer is best enjoyed when consumed in the proper glass. Beer is most commonly served in the shaker pint, a tall glass with fairly straight sides. Unfortunately, this is the worst glass to draw out the beer’s complexities. Nonic pints are a better alternative, as their widened head allows for a more aromatic beer. For dark or highly alcoholic beers, choose a snifter. The stemware and large bowl allow the beer to warm quicker and enhance the flavors. A frosted glass will also cause your beer to foam more, and should be avoided unless you want a frothy first taste. 5. Beer is good for you! To be more specific, the dietary silicon found in craft beers can help increase bone density. Beers that contain malted barley and hops tend to have the highest levels of silicon, while wheat beer contains much less. Some scientists believe these high silicon levels can help fight bone deterioration diseases such as osteoporosis when consumed...