microbrew

noun
mi·​cro·​brew | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌbrü How to pronounce microbrew (audio) \

Definition of microbrew

: a beer produced by a microbrewery

Other Words from microbrew

microbrewed \ ˈmī-​krō-​ˌbrüd How to pronounce microbrew (audio) \ adjective
microbrewing \ ˈmī-​krō-​ˌbrü-​iŋ How to pronounce microbrew (audio) \ noun

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Microbrews are usually beers or ales made with special malts and hops, unfiltered and unpasteurized, and thus distinctive in their aroma and flavor. Many microbreweries double as bar/restaurants, called brewpubs, where the gleaming vats may be visible behind a glass partition. "Craft brewing" and the opening of local brewpubs began in earnest in the U.S. in the 1980s. But not everyone is willing to pay extra for a beer, and lots of people are simply used to the blander taste of the best-selling beers, so by 2008 microbrews still only accounted for about 4% of all beer sold in the U.S.

Examples of microbrew in a Sentence

The restaurant serves several locally produced microbrews.
Recent Examples on the Web Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head, says that has not been a problem for his company, which recently released two low-cal options that maintain the characteristics customers expect from microbrews. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, 7 Mar. 2020 This particular compound of grandiosity and insecurity is an artisanal microbrew, and McElhenney does good work clowning his eyebrows into attitudes expressive of pure contempt and unsteady comprehension. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2020 The SABMiller deal, which was worth some $107 billion at the time, gave the company broader reach in fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa at a time when consumers were shifting toward smaller brands like microbrews. chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2019 For a low-key burger and an ice-cold microbrew, stop in to Smuggler’s Brewpub, which boasts a variety of burgers from classic to veggie. Nicole Cormier, Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2020 The SABMiller deal, which was worth some $107 billion at the time, gave the company broader reach in fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa at a time when consumers were shifting toward smaller brands like microbrews. chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2019 Two East Bay favorites top the microbrew list: Trumer Pils, the German-style pilsner that’s brewed right in Berkeley, and Calicraft’s The City, an IPA brewed in Walnut Creek. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 30 Aug. 2019 And every bar seems to have a bank of microbrew taps for the pouring. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, 5 Dec. 2019 The SABMiller deal, which was worth some $107 billion at the time, gave the company broader reach in fast-growing markets in Asia and Africa at a time when consumers were shifting toward smaller brands like microbrews. chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of microbrew

1985, in the meaning defined above

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“Microbrew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microbrew. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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