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Fake Brews – “Once Were” Craft Breweries But No Longer Are

With more breweries like Wicked Weed aligning themselves with global brewing entities such as AB InBev, the lines of authenticity are blurring, and its getting increasingly confusing to discern who is an authentic craft brewery and who is not…

Fake Brews – “Once Were” Craft Breweries But No Longer Are

But that was always part of Big Beer’s plan, wasn’t it?

So here’s an updated list of the “once were” craft breweries, who are no longer considered real craft brewers according to the Brewers Association definition, which remains (at least for now) THE industry standard on this matter.




Former Craft Breweries Now Owned By Big Corporate Brewers

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 — 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

Thanks to Men’s Journal for their help compiling the list we’ve featured…You should check out their compelling take on this matter: Is That Really Craft Beer?


See how the big guys are trying to combat the Craft Beer Trend:

Anheuser-Busch InBev Boosts Spending in an Effort to Counter the Booming Craft Beer Trend

Heineken: ‘Craft Beer’ is just a marketing term

Big Beer’s Plan to Sell to Consumer’s Who Hate Them

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