Craft Beer’s Larger Aspirations Cause a Stir
When running to the store to purchase suds, many consider: a six-pack or a twelve-pack? But these days, more and more craft breweries are packaging their brews in 22-ounce bottles or larger, some using the big bottles exclusively. Since one cannot re-cork beer like wine, it's required you finish the beer in one sitting -- which can be a problem when you're alone and the beer clocks in at 7.5 ABV.
But while large bottles do have their partisans, many craft-beer drinkers bristle at the format, which they see as the alcoholic equivalent of neighborhood gentrification. Although the traditional 12-ounce bottle is hardly becoming extinct, these fans lament that all the interesting, innovative new releases seem to go into bottles that cost as much as a good bottle of wine.
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