With the holidays behind us, it’s time to look ahead to 2018, and to look forward to more craft beer.
I’m excited to announce that the craft beer revolution is now firmly in place, with a growing number of breweries opening their doors to the public.
In just the past year, there have been five new breweries, bringing the number of craft breweries in the city to nearly 300.
With craft beer now on par with wine, and a few new breweries opening, the craft market is in a very strong position, says Mark Pincus, president of the Michigan Craft Brewers Guild.
“It’s kind of like the renaissance we’ve seen over the last five years, which is that the marketplace has opened up, and people are starting to look to more locally-grown, small-batch, locally-owned craft beers,” he says.
The new craft beer boom comes as a big deal to a lot of Detroiters.
“I was just walking down Michigan Avenue and I noticed there was a lot more beer,” says Mark.
As of this week, there are more than 70 craft breweries, a growth of roughly 400% since last year.
While there are still a few years to go before the city has a craft beer scene, the industry is primed to thrive in the coming years.
When Michigan’s craft beer industry was first established in the late 1970s, it was primarily an American craft beer phenomenon, which was centered on the likes of Budweiser, Stella Artois and MillerCoors.
Since then, there’s been a shift away from a focus on the traditional craft beers that are typically brewed by small breweries, says Jason Reifschneider, owner of The Bitter End Brewery in Detroit.
Reifschnider says that with the growth of craft beer, the popularity of the style has spread beyond Michigan to other parts of the country, including California and Ohio.
What’s fueling the new craft boom?
As for the beer itself, there is a clear correlation between the number and quality of craft beers, says Reifskneider.
“It has become apparent to me that this is the time to go into the craft space,” he said.
More and more people are choosing to make craft beer for their family, says Pinc, who is also the executive director of the Craft Brewers Association.
There are currently more than 1,000 breweries operating in the United States.
There are currently nearly 40,000 beer enthusiasts in Michigan.
Craft beer is becoming increasingly popular with millennials, and their thirst for craft beer is at an all-time high, says Dr. Mark Lohr, president and CEO of the American Institute of Certified Brewers.
Pincus says that this growth is also contributing to the growth in craft beer in the state, as more people choose to drink craft beer at home, or in bars.
We have seen that with other industries, too, he says, like auto, apparel, and hospitality.
Detroit is home to more than a half-million people, and the city is the most densely populated city in the country.
In addition to the craft industry, the city also has a thriving music scene.
“Detroit has been growing rapidly, and as a city, we’re not doing as well as other places,” Pincuses says.
“I think we’re in a great place right now.
There’s a tremendous opportunity for the city of Detroit to continue to grow in the next decade.”
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