Over the past few years craft beer has soared in popularity, with consumers now opting for quality over quantity when purchasing their beers. This isn’t only in Australia, worldwide craft beer has been soaring in popularity, especially in the USA where the city of Portland, Oregon, has entitled itself the Craft Beer Capital of the World –fittingly the city has just received the title of “Best Beer City in the World” from Beer Connoisseur Magazine.
Along with the rise in demand for craft beers the demand for mid-strength beers has also risen, year on year; taking a bite out of the full and low strength segments of the market. This change in demand has prompted big brands such as Carlton to strengthen their offering in the mid-strength market; replacing their “underperforming” Carlton Cold, 4% ABV, with a new mid-strength Carlton Cold, 3.5% ABV, citing customer demand and changes in drinking trends as their reasoning. So why is everyone deciding to lighten up?
Firstly there are the health benefits associated with these lower strength brews: they contain less calories and, of course, less alcohol. Beer calories can sometimes be called “empty calories”, and it is easy to see why our ever-more health conscious society would make this choice. In conjunction with the health benefits that this lower ABV offers, people are also realising that a few lighter strength beers will have less of an effect on them the next day or, indeed, that evening.
It is also becoming fashionable to drink lighter, according to statistics low-strength wine is also growing in popularity across the nation; adding to the notion that, with alcohol, more no longer always means better.
Lighter brews are generally more popular in warmer climates however European style beers are growing in popularity all over the world, and the expansion of craft beer is also making these styles of beer more accessible to us all. With that said we would like to introduce a new seasonal brew of ours, please welcome the J.W. Pilsner. This bitter but refreshing beer has been brewed to ensure easy drinking smoothness that will compliment whatever climate you may find yourself in.
But hold on! I like my beer full of character and flavour, with a good bit of oomph. You know? Well don’t worry mate, a beer being mid-strength doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll lose the character and full palate you’re finding in your current favourite brews. We recommend that you try one, not only may you be surprised by the flavour profiles on offer but you may also find yourself feeling better the next day to. May we also recommend to you that our new J.W. Pilsner is an excellent starting point
This is the first episode in a series that we’re going to be running over the course of the next few months, and each instalment is going to take a closer look at a certain style of beer and find out what makes it unique. We’re also going to look into the history of each style as well, because many beers have a quirky or unique history that's very interesting; to beer nerds like us at least. After all, beer is around 9000 years old! There has gotta be some good stories hidden in there somewhere! Without further ado lets get into it.