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.)