NC Beer Facts & Figures
What is a craft brewery?
The NC Craft Brewers Guild adheres to the definition of an American craft brewer as published by the Brewers Association (BA), the not-for-profit trade group that protects and promotes small and independent U.S. brewers.
The BA defines an American craft brewer as small, independent and traditional.
Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately three percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.
Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beers.