More and more often we here at Dockside have been getting asked the same question, “Why aren’t there any light craft beers?” Of course to me the answer is obvious. Craft beer is about complexity and full flavor. But is that an answer or simply a copout? The question is weighing on my mind and I find myself wondering. Can we craft a great light beer?
There are a few light beers put out by larger craft brewers, however you never see them at your local watering hole. Why is that? Is this simply a case of supply and demand? Is there not enough demand for light craft beers? Or is it simply an impossible dream to have a light craft beer with great taste? Can you balance malty goodness with a hoppy aroma and bitterness to create a lighter flavor, lower calorie beer?