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Do You Know Who Owns That Craft Beer You Are Drinking?

Small brewers are rendering the term "independent" meaningless

It was bad enough when small brewers used the fairly meaningless term "craft beer" to describe what they were making.

Now they're rendering the term "independent" meaningless as well.

Craft beer always meant whatever the brewers wanted it to mean. The Brewers Association, a beer industry group started by small brewers and representing more than 5,300 breweries, has its own definition of a "craft brewer." It's supposed to be a small, independent and traditional brewer. It produces 6 million barrels of beer or less and is less than 25% owned or controlled by an alcohol industry member that is not itself defined as a craft brewer.

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