Blog: Olly WehringCraft brewer (n)

Olly Wehring | 27 March 2012

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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