Draft, Craft, Domestic and Imported Beer 7

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Let’s be honest, we’ve all had the experience when we’re either buying our first drink at a bar or you just forget and you have to ask, what a domestic, imported or craft beer is.

Here’s the difference between the three:

First things first when you order a beer you’re either going to get it from a bottle, can or a draft.

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Draft Beer

The word draft comes from the English for the word “draught” which means ‘to pull’ from a cask with a hand pump.

A lot of people suggest that draft beer tastes better but often times it’s fresher because of the temperature and the way it’s packaged. That’s what helps maintain the freshness of the beer. 

Some other ways you might have heard draft beer:

  • Keg
  • Draught
  • Draw
  • Drag
  • On tap

Your craft, domestics and imported beers can all be on tap. You’ll most likely get your beer served in a nice pint sized glass.

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Craft Beer

Unless you’re living under a rock, you know that the craft beer scene is on fire! There are so many good beers coming from local breweries like Exile Brewery, Confluence Brewery, Toppling Goliath and many more all across the country.

A craft brewery, or brewer, is small, independent and traditional. A craft brewer is classified when it’s annual production is about 6 million barrels of beer or less.

Some fun facts about the craft beer industry:

  • In 2013, craft brewers reached 7.8 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market.
  • Craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 14.3 percent in 2013
  • Retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $14.3 billion, up from $11.9 billion in 2012

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Domestic Beer

Domestic beer is the “big dog” breweries. The most commonly linked breweries to this term are Budweiser, and Miller-Coors. If you picture your favorite bar’s happy hour special, then you have an idea of what a domestic beer is. One convenient factor of domestic beers is that you can cook with them. I like to use these beers for grilling brats.

Some of the leading domestic beers in the United States include:

  • Bud Light
  • Coors Light
  • Miller Lite
  • Budweiser
  • Michelob Ultra Light
  • Natural Light
  • Busch
  • Miller High Life
  • Keystone Light


Imported Beers

Imported beer is anything that is not created in the United States. Beer that has been brought in from other contries such as Mexico and Belgium. 

Some examples of imported beers are:

  • Corona
  • Heineken
  • Labatt Blue
  • Tecate
  • Guiness Stout
  • Foster’s
  • Amstel
  • Beck’s
  • Bass Ale
  • Modelo Especial



About Nick Lucs

Nick is the founder of Des Moines Foodster. He was born and raised in Des Moines and has always had a passion for being creative in the kitchen. Des Moines Foodster has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Juice Magazine, amNY, Travel Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau blog. He believes that coffee and craft beer make the world go 'round .

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