This Just In: Craft Beer Still Amazing in 2011

I apologize for not providing any information you really didn’t already know, but craft beer will continue to be popular in 2011. According to the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, craft beer/microbrews will be one of the top 10 Canadian menu trends this year. A survey was conducted of 500 professional chefs and the results were not that surprising:

Top 10 Canadian menu trends for 2011

  1. Locally produced food and locally inspired dishes
  2. Sustainability
  3. Nutrition and health
  4. Organics
  5. Simplicity/back-to-basics
  6. Gluten-free/food allergy conscious
  7. Craft beer/microbrews
  8. Artisanal cheeses
  9. Bite-size/mini desserts
  10. 10. Quinoa/ancient grains

When you look at the rest of the list, there is a real emphasis on local and artisanal and so it makes sense that craft beer is right in there. Keep in mind that this is a list of menu trends, not necessarily consumer trends (because we’ve all been drinking craft beer for years, right?). Toronto Life also had a list of the top 10 up-and-coming menu trends (though I couldn’t find a source for this list):

Top 10 up-and-coming Canadian menu trends

  1. Gluten-free beer
  2. African cuisine
  3. Red rice
  4. Organic  wine/beer/liquor/cocktails
  5. Peruvian cuisine
  6. New/fabricated cuts of meat
  7. Cooking with tea
  8. Beer sommeliers/Cicerones
  9. Culinary cocktails
  10. Traditional ethnic desserts

Amazingly, beer appears three times in this list! If the first trend takes off, it could mean big things for Nickel Brook and their new gluten-free beer. The most interesting trend, though, would be more beer sommeliers, especially if it helps expand the number of Cicerone-certified individuals in Canada’s beer industry. It would be great to hear if anyone knows of restaurants starting to go this route.

Here’s hoping that these trends hold true for 2011 and craft beer becomes firmly implanted in our dining experiences!

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