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What is the difference between a craft brewery and a microbrewery?


A microbrewery is classified by the number of beer barrels it produces in a year, which is a limit of 15,000 barrels, and at least 75 percent of that beer must be sold outside of the brewery. A craft brewery brews no more than 2 million gallons of beer per year and is owned independently. Unlike a microbrewery, a craft brewery has set limitations on the techniques of their beer production. A craft brewery’s beer must contain at least 50 percent traditional malt, rather than adjuncts such as oats, barley and wheat.

Which state has the most craft breweries?

California has the most craft breweries overall. At the end of 2013, there were 330 craft breweries in California.

How many beer styles are recognized by the Brewer’s Association?

There are currently 152 beer styles recognized by the Brewer’s Association.

Originally published in our Micro Brew News' Trivia Time, Adirondack Pub & Brewery edition.