It’s a classic story. Boy tries beer. Boy likes beer. Boy later discovers that three vaunted breweries fall within about 1800 feet of each other in the Broad Ripple district of Indianapolis. Boy makes a day of it.
Something wondrous happened in November 2015 for the world of American beer, and I don’t just mean the Bourbon County release. After three decades or so of feverish expansion and diversification among the U.S.’s breweries and brews, the nation shattered a record that stood for 142 years. In 1873 there were 4,131 U.S. breweries and as of November there were 4,144. That number has since climbed to 4,269 and shows no signs of stopping. For craft beer’s foreseeable future, every new brewery is a historic celebration, and every day’s a new record.