It seems like just yesterday that your choices in beer were limited to
imports and domestics, and brands like Budweiser and Heineken ruled the
bar scene. While these and other beer manufacturers still dominate the
industry, the recent trend of craft brewing has turned from a fad into
a full-blown industry.
While each of these beers are unique by design, many do share one common
trait – a high alcohol by volume content, or ABV. As Indiana DUI
defense attorneys, we naturally asked ourselves, “Could the high
alcohol content of these beers lead to more DUI arrests?”
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The Prevalence of Craft Beers
According to the official website of the Brewer’s Association, there
were approximately 80 craft breweries here in Indiana in 2014, putting us 14th nationwide. This is nearly twice the amount of craft breweries that existed
just three years prior, signaling the rapid growth of this industry. The
Brewers of Indiana Guild puts this number even higher at 120 breweries.
The Alcohol Content of Craft Beers
A research group called Mintel found a 319% increase in the amount of new
beers with more than 6.5% ABV from 2011 to 2014. These beers now represent
nearly 50% of all new beer releases, at a time when new beers are being
released rapidly. Many craft beers are far more alcoholic, weighing in
at 8%, 9%, and even as much as 18% ABV! Compare this with the alcohol
content of some popular beers:
- Budweiser – 5% ABV
- Bud Light – 4.2% ABV
- Guinness Draught – 4% ABV
- Michelob Ultra – 4.2% ABV
Avoiding Craft Beer DUIs
Since these beers are far more capable of getting you drunk than your typical
can, it is especially important to drink responsibly. It is also important
to know the ABV of the beer you are drinking, as two 12% beers will be
nearly as intoxicating as a six-pack of Bud Light.
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today. Our skilled legal team includes two of the four Indiana attorneys
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