I hear from time to time of places places that try to attract new customers by promoting they have imported beers. Even though it’s something great that some places try to offer a better range of beers, don’t get confused between craft beer and imported beer.
Gramatically speaking, imported beer is beer that comes from another country. That doesn’t mean it’s good, or “craft”, or even that it’s made with the ingredients they should, just that it’s been made in another country. Amstel would be an imported beer in the UK, or even Peroni or Guinness, and they’re far from the best in their styles.
Some people who’s eager to try different and good things, not just the typical beers they find in any other pub, get caught mistaking them with craft beers. Even Fosters is imported and is one of the most tasteless beers I’ve ever tried. A craft beer can be imported or not. An imported beer doesn’t mean it’s craft beer. Not because a beer it’s imported, is going to be necesarily a good beer.
Easy examples of imported beers we can find everywhere can be Fosters, Carling or Corona (probably three of the worst beers in the market nowadays, even as lagers). And most of these mass produced imported beers are lagers, so the variety of flavours isn’t their strongest point. As I might have said before (and sorry for repeating it again), beer isn’t supposed to be drink extra cold.
What did we learn today? Don’t just think that because a beer is imported, is going to be a top quality beer and vice-versa. There’s a lot of very good national and international craft beers.
Source of photo. http://vinepair.com/wine-blog/20-most-popular-imported-beers-in-america/