If you’ve graduated from college, it might be time to graduate from the campus-beer standby PBR too. Anyone who’s shopped for beer at their local supermarket knows there are a lot of options. You might consider forgoing the shiny 24 packs of big-name brands and consider a “craft beer.”

The popularity of craft beers has increased in the last few years, and for good reason. Craft beers are the industry’s version of “eating local,” and they are associated with quality and independent, small breweries. Craft beers stand among those specialty items like wine, chocolate, and coffee known for their unique flavors, brewing process, and sources. They attract fans and a following from connoisseurs and the average beer-drinker alike. A fixture at Beer Gardens and now Farmer’s Markets, the craft brew craze is growing.

There are at least 1,600 craft breweries in the U.S. alone. Many brands have made their way to supermarket shelves. But what really distinguishes craft beers from bigger brands? Take a look at our infographic to find out.

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