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Sam Adams Still “Craft” Brewer

If you drink beer, by now you understand “macro” vs “micro” brewing.  Obviously your BMC (Bud, Miller, Coors) qualify as your macro breweries.  SweetWater, Stone, Dogfish Head, 3 Floyds, etc are micro brewers aka -craft brewers.  The question I hear a lot is what is the difference?  First and foremost obviously the beer makes the difference. I mean, put a miller light up against a Stone Levitation.  Come on, its a no brainer.  A bigger qualifier – production.  Allow me to simplify.

The Brewers Association of America basically decides the output definition of macro vs. micro.  The Brewers Association is made up of over 1,200 brewers – mainly craft brewers.  Until yesterday- the production cut off was 2,000,000 barrels.  This knocked Sam Adams (Boston Beer Company) out of the “craft/micro” designation and into big macro territory.

Yesterday’s definition amendment by the Brewer’s Association changed the output qualification from 2 million barrels to 6 million.  So, for now The Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) remains craft.

Question for the readers?  What makes craft beer to you?  Output? Size?  Would you still love Dogfish Head Brewing & Stone Brewing if they produced 4 million barrels a year?  Discuss.

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