2018: A Year in Beer

December 17, 2018
2018 has been a fun year for beer drinkers. Our IPAs became cloudier and more crushable, and we saw the introduction of “better for you offerings” (think hard seltzer with low calories, carbs and sugar). Brewers blurred the lines between beer styles (Sam '76) and we saw some great coffee collabs (Harpoon Dunkin' Coffee Porter, 2SP Winter Reserve Coffee Stout).
 
Below are a some of the top trends from this year, plus a sneak peek at what you can expect in 2019.
 
 
Hazy IPAs: New England-style IPAs have finally found their way into the Brewer’s Association style guidelines and we couldn’t be happier.

Coming in 2019...

  • Firestone Walker Mind Haze
  • Ballast Point Passing Haze
  • Saranac Polar Haze IPA
  • Samuel Adams New England Pale Ale
  • Lagunitas Hazy Memory
 
 
 
Brut IPAs: This style of dry, champagne-like beers is still in its infancy, but they've got us buzzing.

Coming in 2019...

  • Sierra Nevada Brut IPA
  • Ballast Point Brut IPA
  • Sixpoint Sparkler Brut IPA
  • 21st Amendment Hop Crisis Brut IPA
  • Weyerbacher Every Rosé Has its Thorn
 
 
 
LagersThe latest lager rush has some of our favorite brewers warming up to cold fermentation.

Coming in 2019...

  • Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager
  • Ballast Point Lager
  • Long Trail Lager
  • Sierra Nevada Sierraveza
  • Lagunitas Lagur
  • Shiner Cerveza
 
 
 
Hybrids: The best of both worlds, hybrids can combine multiple beer styles and even wine.

Coming in 2019...

  • Dogfish Head The Perfect Disguise
  • Lagunitas Brett Stout
 
 
 
RoséRosé is showing up in every category - from cider to seltzers to beer. Dry but fruity, light & easy-drinking, we say "yes way rosé!".

Coming in 2019...

  • Firestone Walker Rosalie
  • 21st Amendment Sparkale
 
 
 
Better for You: You don't need to ruin your healthy lifestyle to enjoy a drink, and these new players are proof.

Coming in 2019...

  • Heineken 0.0
  • Molson Canadian 67
  • Marathon 26.2 Brew
  • Harpoon Rec. League
  • Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails

 
 

More Trends to Look Forward to in 2019:

  • Low alcohol & non-alcoholic beers
  • Kombucha
  • Nostalgic flavors (cereal, s'mores, birthday cake)
  • Botanicals (elderflower, rose, jasmine)
  • Canned cocktails
  • Fresh, local, limited

Beverage trends courtesy of Imbibe and Forbes

 

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