I've lived on the Canadian border, right next to the U.S. for most of my life. In the past 5 or so years I've noticed that many American craft breweries seem to produce higher quality craft beer than their Canadian counter-parts. Not only is the beer often better, but the styles and flavors seem to be more creative.
I've heard inklings here and there that the regulatory environment in the U.S. tends to be more lax, which might be the cause of this, but I'm not certain if this is true. That leads to the questions:
- In what ways are Canadian and American craft beer different?
- What are the major factors that have led to these differences?