Is craft beer more expensive?

In a word, yes – due to economies of scale, a small producer in any industry is going to have proportionally larger costs than a huge company. However, there is a totally different impact when you buy a product from a smaller company.

First, your spending stays nearby when you buy local. You’re supporting your neighbours when you shop local. Also, independent breweries make a big range of beer styles! While a lager is great at some times, the companies who make them often don’t make much else - the smaller breweries can experiment with a variety of styles since they are making smaller batches.