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

Definition of microbrew

: a beer produced by a microbrewery

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Other Words from microbrew

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

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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. Washington Post, "Budweiser brewer sells Australian unit to pay off debt," 19 July 2019 The company failed during much of his tenure to expand sales in the U.S., losing market share to microbrews and slashing its dividend last year. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Kraft Heinz CEO Looks to Ketchup for Sales Spurt," 26 June 2019 Even at craft beer havens, like The Wilky, Narragansett is often the token cheap can option among a menu otherwise devoted to heady microbrews. Kate Mooney, Vox, "Why so many beers have retro-looking cans," 21 June 2019 Menu items include microbrews, gelato and cheeses, as well as specialty cocktails matched to the dinner theme. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, "6 ways to celebrate Great Outdoors Month in Illinois," 13 June 2019 Events frequently turn the walkable area into a jubilee, and entire days and evenings can be passed sampling craft cocktails, a bevy of microbrews and organic fare. Natasha Bourlin, SFChronicle.com, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 The White Squirrel Brewery, a short walk away, has chicken and waffles and good microbrew. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Under-the-Radar National Parks You Should Visit," 20 June 2018 Over 50 microbrews will be served and one-day ($45) and two-day ($75) unlimited tasting packages are available. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Spin Doctors and Vanilla Ice headline Reno's annual brews and blues festival," 14 June 2018 There’s also a Vista’s Got Talent singing contest, a beer garden with nine local microbrews and a Kids’ Zone with carnival rides. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vista Strawberry Festival honors city's historic fruit crop," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of microbrew

1985, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of microbrew

chiefly US : a beer made by a microbrewery

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