Not your typical boring cola, this hard cola packs a punch!
High in starting gravity and alcoholic strength, this style is somewhat diverse. some american malt liquors are just slightly stronger than american lagers, while others approach bock strength. some residual sweetness is perceived. hop rates are very low, contributing little bitterness and virtually no hop aroma or flavor. perception of sweet-fruity esters and complex alcohols (though not solvent-like) are acceptable at low levels. chill haze and diacetyl should not be perceived.
The number one reason is craft beer tastes better than the "beer water" that is mass produced and mass marketed by the big beer companies. Craft beer tastes better because craft brewers spend their time focusing the quality of their beer rather than focusing on their marketing campaigns and stock prices.
Oh yeah! Craft beers can pack a punch. Most craft beers range from 5-10% ABV, but some can reach 20%, 30%, and even 40% ABV.