Craft brewing is quickly taking over the brewing industry. But what is different about craft brewing? It all starts with the brewery itself. A craft brewery is a very small scale brewery, officially defined as producing less than 6 million barrels of beer per year. Craft brewing also follows traditional and non-mechanized processes of brewing, resulting in smaller batches, but great-tasting beer. The trademark of craft beer and brewing is innovation. Breweries all over the country develop new styles of beer that have no precedent and introduce craft beer styles with unique twists, flavors, and styles. Craft breweries face many challenges because of their small-scale nature. Access to market and cost of raw materials, ingredients, and operation in such a highly taxed industry makes competition for craft breweries pretty tough. In spite of these challenges, craft brewing is an ever-growing, popular niche in the brewing industry in today’s market. Craft brewers are involved in their communities, aiming to bring people together with the love of beer. We think that’s a great excuse to grab a craft beer and enjoy!