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Independent Brewer Survey: The Impact of Corporate Acquisitions on Craft Brewing

In the past two years, craft breweries have showcased themselves as local, responsive, and free of corporate ownership. They have pushed the limits of collaboration to overcome supply shortages and disruptions. The conditions introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed brewers to become more innovative and quality-focused. It’s time to hear the voices of professionals in the tank room.

In January 2022, The Beer Connoisseur asked brewers how corporate acquisitions impact the craft brewing industry. We kept trade organizations’ definitions in mind. The American Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as an independent, small brewer – one that produces 6 million barrels of beer or less per year. It also requires that less than 25 percent of the brewery be owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage producer that is not a craft brewer. The Society for Independent Brewing (SIBA), a U.K.-based brewers’ association, states that a craft brewer is one that creates authentic, hand-crafted, local, high-quality products. SIBA also mandates that a craft brewer not be a large global manufacturer.


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