Anheuser-Busch Named Largest Craft Brewer in the U.S.


When you think of craft beer, you probably don't think of the beer giant Anheuser-Busch. 

This American brewing company, which is known as Anheuser-Busch InBev after a big merger in 2008, has over 400 beer brands in its portfolio. 

It's most popular and well-known beers include Budweiser and Corona, which are not craft beers. 

According to the Brewers Association, a craft brewer is "small, independent and traditional." Craft beer is defined as a beer made the traditional way or non-mechanized by a small brewery.

With that in mind, it's surprising that Anheuser-Busch is now the nation's largest craft beer company in the U.S. 

This is mainly because the craft beers (many of which were acquired by the beer giant) in Anheuser-Busch's portfolio like Goose Island, 10 Barrel, Elysian Brewing Co., and Wicked Weed Brewing are readily available at stores. 

"In terms of dollar sales, A-B has surpassed Boston Beer as the nation’s top craft brewing company, the Chicago Tribune reports. The High End portfolio grew 20 percent to $107.3 million, while Sierra Nevada was up 2 percent to $100.7 million. Boston Beer lagged behind, down 6.5 percent to $94.4 million," writes "VinePair." "The surge in sales refers specifically to grocery, big box, drug, and convenience store sales. Boston Beer likely remains ahead of A-B’s High End in its volume and dollar sales when factoring in draft sales as well as sales from liquor stores."

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Like we said, Anheuser-Busch recognized the potential in the craft beer industry and acquired some of the most popular ones on the market. However, some beer enthusiasts passionately feel that when the big beer guys acquire the small craft brewing companies, it just diminishes the meaning of "craft." The craft brewers are now often called sellouts for agreeing to be acquired by the big beer companies. 

So what do you think? Do you think they are sellouts or success stories?