Hazy IPAs taking over the Craft Beer scene

Hazy IPA takeover

Hazy IPAs feel somewhat new to the Craft Beer scene but they are quickly moving to the top spot


It was only last year in 2018 that the Hazy & Juicy category was officially added to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). The following three categories were judged: Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale, Juicy or Hazy IPA, and Juicy or Hazy Double IPA. These beers are also referred to as New England IPA or NEIPA. 
In total over 700 beers were entered into the new "Hazy or Juicy" categories with over 400 entered into the GABF competition in the Juicy or Hazy IPA category alone making it the most entered beer style to be judged.
It's been almost 15 years that American style IPA (which received just over 300 entries) has taken the top spot for most entered beer style in the US competition. Does this mean that the Hazy IPA is now the most popular style of Craft Beer? It's hard to say definitively but if we look at the small sample size that we see at Craft & Cork we'd says YES! 
At Craft & Cork we tend to respond to what our customers want and we like to keep our menu on the cutting edge of whats trending. This summer alone the Juicy & Hazy category accounts for nearly a third of our taps and we only see this continuing to trend upwards.
It doesn't matter if you have been drinking Hazy's for a while now or have never had one we urge you to drop by Craft & Cork and give us a try. We are firm believers that there is a perfect beer for everyone and we're confident we'll find the one for you as long as you give us a chance.