- 18 Feb 2019
What is 'craft beer'?
It’s everywhere but what exactly is “craft beer”?
If you ‘Google’ it, the description comes back as “...a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery”. A pretty straightforward definition you’d think - well think again!
In America, the Brewers Association has defined a craft brewer as one who brews less than six million barrels of beer a year and is independent (i.e. at least 75% owned by a craft brewer). Putting the volume in to context, 6 million barrels is about 3% of the annual sales of beer in the US.
In the UK it can be a little more vague as there is no ‘rule book’ but more some rough concepts that suggest it is a craft beer;
- the size of the brewery, but this is becoming less relative
- a bolder, less traditional taste
- the size of the can/bottle is more likely to be 330ml
- the branding is less traditional and an be a bit more adventurous and artistic
The society of independent brewers (SIBA) allows members to carry their ‘Assured Independent British Craft Brewer’ logo on their products so long as the specific brewer is truly independent and not a subsidiary of a larger organisations. So not too different to their American counterparts.
Ultimately though, whether it’s a craft beer or not, like all of our drinking choices it subjective and it all comes down to whether you like the taste - craft beer or not!
Here at Beers@No.42 we love the fact that ‘craft brewers’ are popping up[ as it gives us loads of great beers to choose from and include in our tasting packs.