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In the craft beer world, there seems to be a recurring question among people unfamiliar with craft beer and its origins. What exactly makes a brewery a micro-brewery? Or in other words… how do you know if a Wisconsin brewery is a micro-brewery?

As the name entails, a micro-brewery is relatively smaller than a normal brewery. Of course though, it doesn’t stop there. In Wisconsin (and really across the entire country), for a brewery to be considered a micro-brewery they have to first and foremost produce craft beer.

Generally, you won’t see craft beer being sold in liquor stores because micro-breweries prefer to produce brews for consumption on their own premises. This is why so many of them offer Wisconsin micro-brewery tours, the Minhas Craft Brewery included.

If you want facts, here is how the American Brewers Association defines a micro-brewery:

  • Must produce 6 million barrels of beer or less annually;
  • Must be independent, or at least 75% owned by a craft brewer;
  • Must produce traditional beer made of “innovative or traditional ingredients”.

As you can see, there are specific standards that a micro-brewery must abide to if they wish to retain the title of micro-brewery. If you are new to the world of craft beer, then here’s a little known fact:

Chances are that you live within close proximity of a craft brewery… or two!

With that in mind, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and explore what your local micro-brewers have to offer… you might just end up thanking us down the road. :)

(Psst! If you’re having a hard time finding a micro-brewery, you can refer to this website.)