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What Is a Micro-Brew Beer? March 15, 2017

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What Is a Micro-Brew Beer?, Norwich, Connecticut

As community-building campaigns and eco-friendly efforts continue to gain traction, an increasing number of individuals are choosing to eat local. As a result, micro-brew beers are on the rise. Even avid beer enthusiasts might have to play catch-up with this exciting new industry trend.

To clear your confusion, Universal Discount Package Store—a premier liquor store and wine shop in Norwich, CT—is happy to shed light on microbreweries in comparison to brewpubs and craft breweries.  

What Is Micro-Brew Beer?

Micro-brewsUnlike a traditional brewery, microbreweries are limited in the amount of beer they can produce. According to U.S. law, a microbrewery can only produce 15,000 barrels (460,000 gallons) per year, and it must package and sell 75% of its product to wholesalers or retailers. In this way, it differs from a "brewpub," a term many believe to mean the same thing. In some states, drinking and dining establishments called brewpubs produce beer for on-site consumption without the need to bottle and sell the product elsewhere.

How Does Micro-Brew Beer Differ From Craft Beer?

Another common mistake is to conflate micro-brew beer with craft beer. Microbreweries are only limited in the amount they can produce and sell on-site. Craft beers, on the other hand, must conform to traditional brewing standards. While these drinks have to contain at least 50% malt, micro-brews may substitute barley, oats, or wheat to please a wide variety of palates. Craft breweries are also less limited in their production amounts. They can make up to two million gallons per year—more than four times the limit for microbreweries.

If you’re eager to try this new strain of beer, stop into Universal Discount Package Store. This well-known retailer operates an 8,000-square-foot store filled with a wide selection of wine, liquor, and micro-brew beers. Visit them online for contact details or call (860) 889-6555 to inquire about products, hours, and directions.

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