First things first, what constitutes a craft beer? Well, it depends on which group/association you adhere to, The Brewers Association or the Craft Brew Alliance. Both make concessions to different breweries, both have differing criteria and it can be tough to know who to listen to. The generally accepted rule for qualifying as a craft beer, is you can’t produce more than 2 million barrels of brew per year, which the Brewers Association recently increased to 6 million barrels. Here are a couple of articles that go much more into detail about these craft beer imposters.
But for those of you who don’t have time for all of that, here’s the TL;DR version:
- Shock Top: Owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev
- Blue Moon: Owned by SAB Miller/MolsonCoors
- Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing: Owned by SABMIller, and uses adjunct ingredients, not traditional.
- Goose Island Brewery: Owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev
- Dixie Brewing: Uses adjunct ingredients, not traditional
- Pyramid Breweries: Owned by too many large companies, and has sales overseas that exceed craft beer levels. This one really hurt, I love Pyramid’s Apricot Ale.
- Magic Hat Brewing: Sold out, now owned by a large conglomerate and their “Imported adjunct beer sales exceed domestic production.”
- Widmer Brothers: AB-InBev owns 35% of the Widmer Brothers brewery, which according to our 2 associations, makes them no longer a craft brew.
- Kona Brewing Company: Again, 35% owned by Anheuser-Busch.
- 10 Barrel Brewing: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Well, if that wasn’t too much to bare and you haven’t closed this window down yet, thank you for holding strong, because I have a cure for your woes! A while back a great app came out called, Craft Check. This little app is a life-saver for all of you who are sick and tired of being duped by the man! When Craft Check originally came out, it cost a couple of bucks and wasn’t all that popular, but times, they are ‘a changing and Craft Check is now a free app! For how long I don’t know, so go to the app store on your phone and download this little gem before the guys at Craft Check realize what they’ve done and start selling it for .99 cents.
Craft Check is super simple to use, you either scan the barcode of the beer you’re thinking of purchasing, or you can manually enter the breweries’ name and Craft Check does the rest! No more conglomerate craft beers, worming their way into our fridges!