With the foodie movement in full effect these days, craft beer is all the rage. If you are a regular reader of our popular columns Beer of the Week
and Booze Hound
, you know what we are alluding to. For those new to the scene (Did you just surface from a bomb shelter?
), here's some advice: Please don't be caught dead with a Corona in your hand. Don't know where to start? Blue Moon's a good one for beginners.
"Craft beer?" The phrase sounds as douchey as the word foodie
. What does it mean? In layman's terms, it's the opposite of mass-produced beer. More in-depth, the producers leave out a lot of the crap that can normally be found in a Bud or Miller Lite, like chemical preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.
At-home brewing kits have been around for at least 20 years, and we know many a
chemist who's dropped a lot of dough for the stuff. But, since brewing is
actually a science, you'd be better off just flushing your $$$ down the toilet. Unless you are a real chemist, the final product's going to have problems: no carbonation, too hoppy, too wheaty, etc...
Thankfully, some smart kiwis have figured out a solution to your problem.