What is Craft Beer?
Craft Beer is a style of brewed beer that has become popular in the United States. It is characterized by a commitment to quality ingredients, novel and traditional techniques and brewing methods designed to maximize flavor rather than profit.
Craft breweries produce a variety of alcoholic beverages from malted barley, oats and other grains that are fermented with hops or historically herbs. They are known for their commitment to quality and often use a high percentage of locally grown, sourced or wild ingredients.
A Craft brewery is an independently owned and operated company that specializes in producing a wide range of quality products. They are committed to promoting local culture, donating their products to charitable causes and volunteering as sponsors and volunteers at community events.
Small output (less than 2 million barrels per year)
The Craft Brewers Association has long defined craft beer as a small brewery that produces less than two million barrels of brew annually. This number coincides with the Federal tax code for brewers, which allows craft breweries to get a lower beer excise tax rate than macro breweries that have larger production volumes.
Independent and small brewing companies are the heart of the craft brewing movement in the U.S. They are a place where the public can meet the brewers, enjoy the brewery tours and taste their creations.
They have an open door policy and are always welcome to visitors. This ensures that craft breweries remain a true part of the community and maintain the integrity of their business model.