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.
Craft beer is actually pretty hard to define!
Most organisations and people agree that “craft beer” comes from a brewing company that is “small” and independent. Vague enough for you? Industrial production is a different world from craft brewing. A clear feature of the craft beer community is the passion and spirit - creative, thoughtful, and fun, with a constant drive for improved quality. This is why you can find so very many kinds of beer from independent breweries and retailers; the innovation and wacky ideas make for a wonderfully diverse selection!
Use Beer is Here to find out where! It’s quite likely that an independent brewery is very near you! If not a brewery, there’s probably a retailer like a beer shop, liquor store, or pub with takeaway or delivery options. Select your country, enter your town or postcode, and find a nearby outlet for some local options.
Small businesses have had an especially hard time surviving the pandemic economy. Independent shops are also a keystone for healthy communities. While there is a time and place for every kind of beer, Beer is Here was developed to explicitly help out those businesses that need it most, and to support the variety and longevity of indy beers into the future.