There are over 4,000 breweries in the U.S. right now—the most ever recorded in American history. No longer are beer enthusiasts limited to a handful of options from megabrands; these days, obscure-sounding, small-batch beers are pretty much everywhere you look. (Want to know where to find them? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite nanobreweries across the country.) But the wealth of options can be paralyzing for non-experts. How to avoid getting overwhelmed? With so many interesting, unique options on the market right now, how can a casual beer fan identify his or her interests?
We spoke with Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, the founder of Evil Twin Brewing, the co-author of the Food & Beer cookbook, and the menu curator for Tørst beer bar in New York City, for some advice on finding new brews without burning out your taste buds.
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F&W: Where to start if you’re only familiar with big-name brands like Budweiser?
JJ: A good start is to always look at what you know. Budweiser is a lager, which is a specific style. We can do many different things with a lager, but it will always have a similar profile. Trying other lagers is what I often recommend at Tørst for people who are looking for Budweiser. It’s not totally new, but you still get something a little more flavored, a little more nuanced. Most people appreciate that it’s familiar to what they know but that still gives them something extra.