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Check Whether That 'Craft Beer' Is Really Craft With This App

Check Whether That 'Craft Beer' Is Really Craft With This App
From Lifehacker - September 16, 2017

In order to be classified as a craft beer, The Brewers Association requires the brewery making it to be small, independent, and traditional. That means that while some breweries owned by companies like Anheuser-Busch might call themselves craft they arent. If you dont pay close attention, it can be hard to tell the big beer from the small guys when youre at the grocery store. Now theres an app for that.

In order to be small a brewery needs to make 6 million barrels of beer or less (one barrel is equal to 31 gallons). Independent means that less than 25% of the brewery is owned or controlled by a beverage alcohol member that is not a craft brewer, and traditional means that beers are made using traditional brewing ingredients and fermentation (malt beverages like Smirnoff Ice dont count).

While you can probably tell that things like Bud Light, Corona, and Heineken arent craft, neither are beers made by 10 Barrel, Goose Island, Breckenridge, Elysian, or Golden Road. All those breweries are owned by Anheuser-Busch and are are of its High End portfolio. And there are dozens more that are owned by larger breweries or holding firms.

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