Unlike some of my friends who are supertasters – folks with extra sensitive taste buds, I have mediocre taste buds. So when it comes to craft beer, it needs to be distinctive for me to appreciate it. I’m also not a fan of a strong hops flavor; India pale ales taste unpleasantly bitter to me.
So imagine my surprise when we stopped at Benelux Brasserie Artisanale in Montreal, Canada, and found beers that made both me and my hophead husband Gene so happy that we stopped there three days in a row. I drank a saison named Les Voleurs. Gene raved about the Sabotage IPA.
And to add to the perfection, the first day we were there one of the brewers happened to be sitting next to us at the bar, so there was much conversation about the rapid growth of the craft beer industry and the resulting shortage of hops.
According to The New Yorker, “As of March, the United States was home to nearly two thousand four hundred craft breweries, the small producers best known for India pale ales and other decidedly non-Budweiser-esque beers.”