Craft Breweries Cannot Brew More Than 6 Million Barrels Annually

February 21, 2011 at 2:00 am 1 comment

By Kaye Nemec

Major breweries, like Anheuser-Busch, produce over 24 million barrels of beer annually. They are well known around the world and have a major hold on the market. Smaller, much less popular beers are brewed around the world but, to be officially classified as a microbrew or a craft beer they must fall within certain criteria.

The U.S. Brewers Association defines a microbrewery as a brewery that produces no more than 15,000 barrels of beer annually with 75 percent of that volume being sold off-site.

A craft brewery is defined by the U.S. Brewers Association as a brewery that produces no more than 6 million barrels of beer annually. A craft brewery’s best-selling product is an all malt beer or at least half of its total volume is all-malt beer or beer that uses adjuncts instead of lightening the flavor. It also allows up to 25 percent of the company to be owned by an alcoholic beverage company that is not considered a craft brewer.

A Regional Brewery is defined by the Brewers Associate as a brewery with an annual beer production of 15,000 to 6 million barrels.

A Large Brewery is defined by the Brewers Association as a brewery with an annual beer production of over 6 million barrels.

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Sources: Medill Reports Chicago, Craft Beer.com, Brewers Association

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  • 1. Craft Beer Marketing  |  February 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Although craft beers are classified as small producers, they are still popular and their sales growth is solid. Furthermore, the craft brewing industry employees 100,000 people in the U.S. They are the epitome of successful small businessmen. craft beer marketing is then very important so that people know what a great beer really is.

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