I’d like to share my quick thoughts on what I think is becoming the next craft beer trend, though I hope I’m wrong. Micro beers. And by micro beers, I’m not talking about a beer made in a microbrewery. I’m talking about beers that have very low alcohol content. And I’m not referring to “session” beers that are in the neighborhood of 3.5-4%. Micro beers are about 2% and change, an ultra-session if you will. A local microbrewery here where I live has made a micro IPA at 2.3 %. Now I understand the idea of drinking a finely crafted beer that has complexity and flavor, but isn’t going to make you dizzy after two or three of them. It’s an extension of the idea that craft aficionados drink beer to appreciate the taste, aroma, and intricacies of a style versus just getting hammered. Hey, I’m all for that. But what gets me is the price point. You’d think that with a lower alcohol content would come a lower price. But that micro IPA still costs $5 a pint. The labor for making the batch is probably about the same as other beers but the ingredient bill must be cheaper. And aren’t alcoholic beverages in general more expensive than non-alcoholic beverages because of the fact that they have alcohol? And usually, given the same volume, price usually goes up as alcohol content goes up. Think of the general price ladder for beer, wine and spirits. So I don’t fully understand this idea of micro beers. I for one am not going to lay down $5 for a pint of a micro IPA when I can pay that same amount for an equally delicious IPA that has 3 times the amount of alcohol. ($15 dollars to feel the buzz of one beer but the bloated feeling of three?) And seriously, if all we care about is the taste of a beer vs how it makes you feel (buzzed), then why don’t we just switch to NAs and call it a day. Am I crazy?