Crafting BeerFood|2004|23:27|PG C
The imagery of hands-on family companies producing regional specialty wines has always struck a chord with consumers. Wine buffs are happy to pay a premium for the best boutique wines and now that attitude has spread across the gastronomic spectrum. With their low-yield, high quality products, small regional producers are meeting the demands of a more sophisticated marketplace and beer has joined the queue - small breweries offering unique, full-flavoured, full-bodied beers. It's boom time for hand-crafted beers. Microbrewing has endured a rocky road throughout the past two decades - high taxes and not enough accomplished brewers to go around have hindered the industry's growth. But riding on the back of a new generation of more adventurous palates seeking new and bold flavours, microbreweries are tipped to become the next big thing in beer.