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Great Craft Beers

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company prides itself on every bottle of beer it brews.

Scott Vaccaro with Captain Lawrence Brewing Company says, "Beer made at a craft brewery our size has soul, it has flavor, and it has an intensity of flavor that many large breweries just can't match."

How to find a good craft beer?

Adam Kaplan says, ""Some days at the office are tougher than others!"

Adam Kaplan and experts at Consumer Reports conducted blind taste tests of 23 ales and lagers and found there were some distinct differences.

One taster compared the lowest rated ale, Magic Hat, to a peach-tea drink.

But Consumer Reports rated 13 craft beers very good or even excellent, including several India Pale Ales.

Adam says, "India Pale Ales tend to be more floral and fruity than a lot of other beers, and they have an intense, lingering bitterness."

Stone IPA is top-rated, with complex flavors -- but its bitterness might be too much for some people -- and so could the price, at nearly $11 for a six-pack.

For much less, $7.36 for a six-pack, Shock Top Wheat IPA is a Consumer Reports Best Buy. It's a little less bitter with a slight sweetness.

Prefer a lager? Samuel Adams Boston came out on top with a range of malt and hops flavors. A six-pack goes for $8.60.

All three are good choices when your thirst is brewing this summer.

Consumer Reports says more people are making their own beer. In fact, Consumer Reports looked at one of the most popular home-brewing kits from Mister Beer. Tasters found the process wasn't bad -- but the beer wasn't that good. Maybe stick to the ready-mades!


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