The Year in Food 2007

Craft Beer Crushes Swill

Evidently, this Bud’s no longer for you. While national beer sales overall remained as sluggish as a hungover frat boy, barely growing 2 percent last year, the suds industry’s shining sector has been craft brew. Through the first half of this year, according to the Brewers Association, smaller-batch beer grew 11 percent, due to more new brands and more demand. That’s roughly the alcohol percentage of Southern Tier’s deliriously hoppy Un∗Earthly IPA. Domestic swill is losing out to the palate-challenging concoctions from breweries like Rogue, Dogfish Head, and Avery, just several of the 1,400-plus craft producers leading this good-taste revolution. Let’s fill our pint glasses with a potent 90 Minute IPA and pray for 1,400 more. —Joshua M. Bernstein