THE GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL® HAZE CRAZE
20 August 2018

 

Now it’s officially announced: The hazy, juicy New England styles are now included as separate styles in the Brewers’ Association Style Guidelines. And that is close as you can get to an official declaration of the fact that these styles are here to stay.

Now it’s officially announced: The hazy, juicy New England styles are now included as separate styles in the Brewers’ Association Style Guidelines. And that is close as you can get to an official declaration of the fact that these styles are here to stay.

Earlier this year, a trio of juicy or hazy styles were formally incorporated into the Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines. The 2018 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) marks the first time “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale,” and “Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale” will be judged and awarded medals.

However, what you might not know yet is that the number of entries for juicy or hazy styles in their first year indicates that the haze craze has more than arrived. Just take a gander on the following stat for GABF 2018…

The total number of entries for all three of the juicy or hazy styles is 706

That statistically staggering sum is divided as follows:

  • Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale: 131
  • Juicy or Hazy IPA: 414
  • Juicy or Hazy Double IPA: 161

With 331 entries, this marks the first time in over a decade and a half that American-Style IPA is no longer the top entered beer style

This marks the first time in over a decade and a half that American-Style India Pale Ale—which received 331 entries—is no longer the top entered beer style in the U.S. commercial beer competition.

Source: https://www.brewersassociation.org

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