All those beer lovers out there are sure to have heard the hype around craft beer. Melbourne is filled with hundreds of micro-brewed craft beers and the list just keeps on growing.

Craft beer is a beer that is pure and generally only made from four ingredients; water, malted barley, hops, and yeast, differentiating it from beer. 

"Ultimately craft beer is more perfected"

By expanding your beer horizons to craft beer you are likely to get some different or unusual flavours than that found in beer. Fruity, chocolate or even pumpkin are flavours specified in different craft beers.

Craft beer is made by brewmasters that prefer the highest quality ingredients. For instance the water is cleaned and ridded of the impurities found in tap water.

The malts used are hand picked specifically to add to the flavour and also provide the colour. Craft breweries are often adjusting measurements of ingredients in recipes to adapt the flavour to one never tasted in beer before.

Hops are the third ingredient in beer, usually the lack of is the reason behind that bitterness in beer which can be unappealing to the general public. 

Yeast plays a crucial role in the recipe as it determines whether the beer is a larger or an ale.

As beer is made on a larger scale and needs to be inexpensive it is filled with cheap ingredients such as barley or rice that makes you feel full and bloated.

Ultimately craft beer is more perfected and more focused than macro-breweries beer. It is generally served at just the right temperature, rather than ice cold, given the chance to warm and release its flavours.

So where can you grab it?

Craft beer is a norm on the social scene these days and is sold at liquor stores and most licensed venues. Larger pubs or venues may also create and sell their own craft beer. 

For more information here is a list of some of the best craft beer in Melbourne.

Not only is it consumed while socialising or taste testing, but also makes a great gift.

Hampers With Bite Cooler Bag Deluxe Hamper provides four bottles of different craft beer, perfect for any beer lover who always enjoys tasting something new and exploring the boundaries of beer!

From Cricketers Arms Keepers Lager to Matilda Lazy Yak Pale Ale the hamper also includes snacks that go down well with a cold one. 

Explore craft beer and let your tastebuds thrive and grab the Cooler Bag Deluxe Hamper to test a few different craft beers and share with a mate or two!