Everything is coming up hop flowers in the world of craft beer in 2011. Bubbling up from less than 100 breweries in 1980 to an all-time high of 1,716 before the year began, 2011 is poised to be the year craft brands finally overtake the old big three: Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors (now AmBev and MillerCoors). Overall beer sales fell by 1 percent in 2010 while craft sales jumped 11 percent.
Fall season means some heavy and hopppy brews. ABQ Beer Geek gives the lowdown on a variety of styles. From bourbon barrel-aged stouts to coffee porters, and in categories ranging from Best Beer for Yoga Enthusiasts to Best Beer for a Repenting, you’re bound to find something to buzz about.