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Craft brewer (n)

By: Olly Wehring - 27 March 2012 11:34

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We all know roughly what is meant by the term 'craft brewer', but how many of us know exactly what the definition is?

Happy to help.

The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association:

An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional.

  • Small: Annual production of beer less than 6m barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition.
  • Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.
  • Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavour.
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