If you're a beer drinker, or even if you're not, you've probably heard about the microbrew or craft beer trend across the country. Small breweries making their own unique beers, often times mom and pop style, locally owned businesses.

Well, you may have noticed, but Budwieser has been running an ad since the Super Bowl in February slamming the craft beer crowd. Anheuser-Busch ranks consistently in the top 100 American companies with the most revenue. Last year they made over $171 billion (yes, with a B.) And while certainly the influx of microbrew enthusiasts have helped many small breweries, a number struggle to keep the lights on. To put it in perspective - think if a company the size of Wal-Mart told you not to support small businesses.

Here are 5 reasons in my opinion beer drinkers should support microbrews

  1. Major breweries like Budweiser, Coors, Miller, and Samual Adams will be totally fine without your business. Smaller breweries really rely on each customer.
  2. Better ingredients, better flavors.
  3. More variety. There is something for almost anyone and it's fun to try new beers.
  4. A lot of breweries are a reflection of their community. It's fun to sample local flavors when you're vacationing.
  5. Keeping your beer purchases in your community help both financially and employers.
Let me know if you agree or disagree with me! I'd love to discuss in the comments section or on Facebook!