"Draft Picks: Craft Brewers Predict 2017 Beer Trends" | January 06, 2017 | Tasting Table
As we wave goodbye to a year that delivered an abundance of Cheetos-encrusted upheaval, we raise expectations and glassware to 2017. The thirstiest among us will be pleased to learn that American craft brewing is at an all-time high. The Brewers Association tallied more than 5,000 U.S. breweries in operation in November 2016. This represents a sizable gain over the 4,000-plus inventoried in 2015, previously the highest figure since 1873.
Which styles, flavors and practices will dominate in the year to come? We ask some of the country's top brewers to play Hopstradamus and predict the trends.