As is the case with traditional beers, newer and innovative styles are usually fresh interpretations of American, Belgian, English, and German beer styles. Beer styles are defined by the aroma, flavour, finish, and body of the beer. Through the annals of craft beer history, styles have been defined by a group of independent breweries producing a beer that shares the four defining characteristics. American craft beers have been grouped into 15 families across 79 styles. These Craft beer styles
vary based on the carbonation, clarity, foam collaring, Alcohol by Volume (ABV) which can range from 3 percent to 14 percent, techniques within the brewing process such as variable mashing, fermentation temperature, blending, yeast additions, fruit and flavour additives, and the ageing and blending processes employed. Craft beer is paired with a variety of global cuisines ranging from light cheeses to spicy curries and accompanies appetisers, entrees, main courses and desserts.