what is craft beer

What is Craft Beer?

The question so many have, but often aren’t always comfortable asking. “What is Craft Beer?” The term has become so commonly used in the Vancouver community it’s expected that you understand what the term “craft beer” actually means. Kwantlen Polytechnic University actually has a program you can take at their institution where you can learn how to brew “craft beer” and build a business out of it. That’s just how popular this niche culture has grown.

What does Craft Beer mean?

The American brewers association defines it as:

An American craft brewer, defined by the Brewers Association, has an annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less, and no more than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not a craft brewer.

They basically define it as a large brewery based on it’s output and who controls it’s business. Kind of like “independent” music artists vs major label signed artists.

Years ago micro breweries started popping up all over the place, as small businesses and as franchise opportunities. People started brewing their own mix, and in time turning it into a business.

This business created a culture, and locally it is a culture who engages in drinking some of the best beer you will have ever tasted in your life.

Some would define craft beer as small-business, hand crafted and purposely made to perfection with a care of taste over profit. That seems to be what a lot of us define it as. The actual definition relating to who owns the business and it’s output don’t seem to stagger the discussion and passion those have who are in the community.

Craft Beer operations have also created brands, and opportunities for consumers to support smaller beer brands that align with their personal beliefs or life style. It’s actually an incredible thing what the market has become.

So while this might not completely clear up the question for you, what we can say is that brewers identifying as “craft beer” are putting out some of the best tasting beer that has ever existed.

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