Craft beer has gone global. Even in countries with a longstanding brewing tradition, a new generation of brewers and breweries has been inspired by America’s craft beer scene. Yet the pressing question is, will they innovate and iterate, drawing on the traditions, ingredients, and aesthetics of their homes, or merely ape the dominant beer styles that pervade craft beer in the United States? To put it more simply, why do so many craft beers in other countries simply taste like copies of craft beers made in America?
On this week’s VinePair podcast, Adam and Zach discuss that very question with VinePair senior writer Cat Wolinski, as they look at the craft brewing scenes in Europe and Asia in an attempt to understand where craft beer goes next as it goes global.
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