Become a craft beer aficionado

What is Craft Beer?

The SPIEGELAU Craft Beer Glasses IPA glass filled with IPA beer and the Stout glass filled with Stout beer standing on a wooden table. Behind them a hand reaching for the Stout glass.<br/>

What is Craft Beer?

The official definition of “Craft Beer” changes depending on what part of the world you are in.

According to the American Brewers Association, a craft brewer is defined as small, independent, and traditional.


as in “an annual production of not more than six million barrels of beer”


as in “less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer”


as in “a brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation”


Craft Beer Glasses Two Pack

The with beer filled SPIEGELAU Craft Beer Glasses. The IPA glass and the American Wheat Beer glass are standing on a slate plate decorated with some potato chips and the Stout glass is standing next to them.<br/>

In Australia, the Craft Beer Industry Association classes a craft brewer as one who produces less than 40 million litres of beer per annum. Called “microbreweries”, this category has seen a 69% increase from 2010 to 2015. Similarly, in New Zealand, the number of craft breweries have increased from 30 in 2003, to over 100 in 2013.

Generally speaking, “Craft Beer” is brewed in small quantities, not mass produced, with high quality ingredients and passion. The most popular craft beer styles worldwide are India Pale Ale (IPA) and Stout or Porter.


Craft Beer Glasses 4-Pack

On the left side of the frame is the Spiegelau Craft Beer IPA glass filled with Heaps Normal XPA non-alcoholic beer. Above the glass is a hand pouring the beer into the glass and on the right of the glass is a Heaps Normal XPA non-alcoholic Beer can. Beer nuts are scattered around the glass and in a bowl to the right.

Craft Beer styles

Due to the unlimited combination of malts, hops and yeasts brewers are able to create a wide variety of different beers. Worldwide there are over one hundred different styles of beer. A style is defined by different characteristics like color, bitterness, aroma and flavor, alcohol level, carbonation and body.

International beer awards like the World Beer Cup or the European Beer Star use descriptors for different beer styles to define the quality of the beer. Popular Craft Beer styles include: Amber Ale, India Pale Ale, Stout, American Wheat Beer, Baltic-Style Porter, Dubbel, Lambic, Witbier, Pilsener, Hefeweizen, Helles, Dunkel, and many more.


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Craft Beer Glasses & Beer Classics

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