The subsequent Al Capone movies and moonshine were about the only good things to come out of America's Prohibitionist hell in the 1930's because, let’s be fair, what consequently passed as American beer for the next 50 years was nothing short of muck. Thankfully though this has all changed.
Forget the corporate megabreweries and behemoths of the likes of Miller and Coors, beer in America is in the vanguard of the craft beer revolution. In fact, most international beer trends are now influenced by the innovation and creativity coming out of the American craft beer scene.
High quality American beers from the likes of Goose Island, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sierra Nevada never disappoint while Stone Brewing Co. or Rogue Ales, for example, bring big flavours and that famous West Coast individuality.
American styles of beer tend to be lighter than most with the lager-style “Steam beer”, Wheat beer and India Pale Ales very much in the ascendance:
Wheat Beer – also known as White Beer. Far and away the most common style is the HefeWeizen which is an unfiltered wheat beer, although different varieties are available Celis White and Blue Moon are the most celebrated American styles
India Pale Ale – Any decent American brewery makes a damn good IPA more bitter and stronger than your regular pale ale and usually above 5% abv. Named after the English style as regular pale ale couldn’t survive the journey by boat to India during the colonial era, so hops and extra alcohol both acted as preservatives to boost the shelf life! Goose Island IPA, Flying Dog Doggie Style and Sierra Nevada Pale are classic brews of this type
Steam beer – A lager beer, originally made by Anchor Brewing Company in California by German settlers. As the wort cooled in the production, a mass amount of steam was released during the creation of this pilsner imitation and the locals simply came to know it as Steam beer.