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Craft Beer Drinkers Filed a Complaint Against Walmart for its ‘Craft’ Beer

Craft Beer Drinkers Filed a Complaint Against Walmart for its ‘Craft’ Beer

The complaint claims Walmart has been mislabeling the brew in 3,000 stores across 45 states

The class action lawsuit claimed Walmart’s “craft” beer is “wholesale fiction.”

Walmart is known for its low prices on anything from kitchenware to groceries, but one of its products is getting some backlash from the craft beer community.

On Feb. 10, a class of beer drinkers filed a complaint in Ohio against the retailer, claiming its “craft” beer is actually mass-produced and not craft beer at all, Courthouse News reported.

The class action lawsuit claimed that Walmart was “fraudulent, unlawful, deceptive and unfair” through its manufacturing, marketing, and selling of its Cat’s Away IPA, After Party Pale Ale, Round Midnight Belgian White, and Red Flag Amber beer since they hit the shelves in 2016.

According to the Brewers Association, “craft beer” is defined as produced by small, independent, and traditional breweries, making 6 million barrels of beer or less, with less than 25 percent of the brewery owned or controlled by an industry member other than the brewer.

The complaint states that Walmart works with “Trouble Brewing” for its “craft” beer, but claims the company doesn’t exist.

“The applicant listed on filings with the Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is ‘Winery Exchange Inc.’, which has since turned into WX Brands.”

The lawsuit, led by plaintiff Matthew Adam, seeks punitive and compensatory damages, as well as injunctive relief from “deceptive misconduct with regards to the advertising, packaging and labeling of Craft Beer.”


Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!


Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!


Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!


Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

For access to exclusive gear videos, celebrity interviews, and more, subscribe on YouTube!


Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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Is That Really Craft Beer? 33 Surprising Corporate Brewers

It matters who owns your beer, says Carol Stoudt, founder of Stoudt’s Brewing, “The passion is lost when the people running a brewery don’t have ownership, and then quality suffers.” A bigger concern, one echoed by brewers like Stoudt and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione is that the larger companies also have the power to manipulate markets. The chief example, one cited by Calagione, is that corporate brewers will sell their craft-like ale well below the cost of true craft beer to push them off a bar tap line.

RELATED: The Best 100 Beers in the World

The Brewers Association trade group defines a craft brewer as small (less than six million barrels annually), independent—with less than 25 percent ownership by a non-craft brewer, and holders of the TTB (the Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Brewer’s Notice. The quarter ownership figure was set to ensure a larger brewer doesn’t have significant influence, says Paul Gatza, senior vice president of the Brewers Association’s Professional Brewing Division. While most craft brewers are wholly acquired, several do cross the line of partial ownership. Widmer, Kona, and Redhook all share a 32 percent stake by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three brands are actually one brewing company, the ironically named Craft Brew Alliance. And Lagunitas made headlines when it sold Heineken 50 percent control in the company. This phenomenon also isn’t limited to the U.S., with SABMiller purchasing Meantime Brewing to enter the U.K. craft beer scene. Not to be outdone, AB InBev recently picked up Cervejaria Colorado, a pioneer in Brazil’s craft beer culture.

RELATED: Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione Squares Off Against Budweiser

One name you may not recognize on the list of owners below is North American Breweries. An investment firm formed this corporation with five craft brewers in 2009 and later sold it to Florida Ice and Farm, a Costa Rican beverage company. Another is United Breweries Group, India’s largest beer and spirits company. And if you’re wondering what the difference is between SABMiller and MillerCoors, the latter is a joint venture for the U.S. market between the former and Molson Coors. Courtesy image

Faux and Formerly Craft Breweries and Their Owners

10 Barrel Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ballast Point Brewing — Constellation Brands

Birra Del Borgo (Italy) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Blue Moon Brewing — MillerCoors

Blue Point Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Breckenridge Brewery — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Camden Town Brewery (U.K.) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Cervejaria Colorado (Brazil) — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Devils Backbone Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Dundee Brewing — North American Breweries

Elysian Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Fordham and Dominion Brewing — 40 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Founders Brewing — 30 percent owned by Mahou-San Miguel

Four Peaks Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Golden Road Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Goose Island Beer Company — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Hop Valley Brewing — MillerCoors

Kona Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Lagunitas Brewing — 50 percent owned by Heineken International

Leinenkugel’s Brewery — MillerCoors

Magic Hat Brewing — North American Breweries

Meantime Brewing (U.K.) — SABMiller

Mendocino Brewing — United Breweries Group

Olde Saratoga Brewing — United Breweries Group

Portland Brewing Company (formerly MacTarnahan’s) — North American Breweries

Pyramid Breweries — North American Breweries

Redhook Brewery — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

Revolver Brewing — MillerCoors

Saint Archer Brewing — MillerCoors

Shock Top Brewing — Anheuser-Busch InBev

Terrapin Beer Company — MillerCoors

Wicked Weed Brewing – Anheuser-Busch

Widmer Brewing — 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev

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