Home (state) brew
Will 2013 be the year Michigan beer earns respect from the state's drinkers?
Published: October 17, 2012
The guild's Graham approves of Hibbert's new operation, praising him "for putting the effort into having a good draft system with the appropriate gas systems set up, for a straightforward, sound and well-presented glass of beer it's outstanding."
As for the relative lack of recognition Michigan craft beer gets in its home state, Graham says it can't last forever. "We're really coming into our own from a national perspective. We've got a large number of breweries, several of them noteworthy breweries, and among them all there's a diversity of style. There's a lot of world-class beer coming out of our breweries, and part of that is attributable to the close brewing community, with a lot of good friendships and camaraderie, which means more brewers share with and know each other. It really ratchets the bar up and up on the quality of what they're doing. Michigan has become a top 10 beer state for sure. But Michigan tends to follow hotspots more than national average, so for us to be lagging behind [in recognition] is no surprise."
Graham adds, "But it would be kind of astounding, wouldn't it? For Michigan beer to have 10 percent of the state market would cause a lot of people who think they know what 'regular' beer is to raise an eyebrow.
"And I think it's going well beyond that — I think in 10 years the share will be very high."
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