Trying to define craft beer is a difficult task, as beer can be very subjective and personal experience. However, our parent organization, the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes small and independent U.S. brewers, defines an American craft brewer. This definition allows the organization to provide statistics on the growing craft brewery segment, which currently makes up 98 percent of all breweries in the U.S.
Craft Beer in the United States
Now is the best time in U.S. history to be a craft beer lover. As a nation, the U.S. now has more beer styles (150+) and brands (20,000+) to choose from than any other market in the world. As of early 2018, more than 6,000 breweries are responsible for the beer brands available in the U.S. These breweries have had many successes and challenges, but they could not have developed their reputations as producers of the world’s best beer without support from beer lovers. Learn about the rich history of craft beer by clicking on the following link: American beer history. Utilizing these resources will better help you answer that age-old question, “What is craft beer?”. Whether you want to be a craft beer expert, or just learn a little more before trying your first craft beer, we’re happy to help. We are the best resource to use when you want to learn more about craft beer and beer brands.