Craft beer becoming alternative to wine at the dinner table (by Patrick Manning)

Posted: January 26, 2013 by wynmaker in Beer, Beer News, Wine, World wine news
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We are serving beer at the dinner table tonight!

We are serving beer at the dinner table tonight!

Now with over 2,000 breweries operating across the country that produce a wide variety of beer – more people are choosing a craft beer while enjoying a nice meal –over a bottle of wine or a mixed cocktail.

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“I think just the flavors and all the uniqueness of all the craft beers that are out there just provide a lot of value for the customers,” said Raul Gonzalez, owner and executive chef of Rulis’ International Kitchen in El Paso, Texas. “With the way the economy’s been, people are looking out. They are trying to get bang for their buck,” said Gonzalez.
A craft beer costs someone $4 or 5 for a pint or bottle, whereas a glass of wine can be as much as $15, with even moderately-priced bottles starting at $25. Gonzalez said his customers generally aren’t as intimated by ordering a bottle of beer, as they are when picking wine.
“I think wine for the longest time, people assumed it’s only for the rich, only for the knowledgeable,” said Gonzalez. “Beer is so much easier to access,” he added.
Adrian Perez, a craft brands manager with L&F Distributing in El Paso, said he’s seen many wine drinkers make the transition to beer. “When they hear ‘hops,’ ‘malty’, ‘bitter,’ ‘sweet’ – they’re curious to see how it is so they break that old niche they had,” said Perez.
In Gonzalez’s restaurant the wine list is getting shorter while the beer list has expanded –a trend that those the hospitality business say extends to wine and beer stores in El Paso.
“The craft beer sales are off the chart here in El Paso. Compared to five, maybe seven years ago we had maybe a dozen labels, now we’re in the hundreds,” said Perez.

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