The Brewers Association defines American craft brewers as “small, independent and traditional”: “small” is defined as an “annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less”; “independent” is defined as at least 75% owned or controlled by a craft brewer; and “traditional” is defined as brewing in which at least 50%
From the MillerCoors perspective, Blue Moon is the top-selling craft beer in the U.S. by volume, citing data from the Chicago-based market research firm IRI, and Leinenkugel is a craft brewery dating back to 1867. The Miller Brewing Co. acquired Leinenkugel in 1988.
Notes: Shock Top Wheat IPA is no traditional beer. It’s a unique hybrid that combines the fresh flavor and smoothness of wheat beer with the crisp hop bitterness of an IPA . The result is a beer that is truly like no other. To serve, pour down the side of the glass until a half inch is left in the bottle.
MillerCoors’s Blue Moon was developed over 20 years ago, becoming the industry leader in mass market “craft-style” beer. It’s known as a Belgian style wheat beer brewed with orange peel and coriander. Shock Top is also brewed with orange and coriander but with the addition of lemon and lime.
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The nation’s largest beer company dabbled at the edges of the burgeoning craft beer movement, but its backbone remained the brands to which craft beer was largely a reaction — Bud and Bud Light , Natural Light and Michelob Ultra, and whatever odd innovations might tempt a new generation of consumers, be it Lime-a-Rita (
Good craft beers actually contribute to your health (consumed in moderation, of course). Some of the health benefits of being a moderate beer drinker include: Lower rates of cardiovascular disease. Improved bone density due to the presence of bone-developing element, silicon.
In 2018 and for several years prior, Nielsen and IRI named Blue Moon the top-selling craft beer in America. Its sales are no doubt the tops, but its Big Beer ownership means the Brewers Association and many craft beer fans definitely do not consider it “ craft .”
Goose Island helped turn Anheuser-Busch from a Bud Light fire hose into one of the largest sellers of craft beer in the world. But when it happens, you won’t have to be a craft beer purist to appreciate that it all started from a little pub on Clybourn Avenue.
Blue Moon brewed at the Molson Brewery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is sold in the US, as well as exported to Europe. Blue Moon Brewing Co. is an entity of Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the craft and import division of MillerCoors.
Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale . Henry Phillips. ABV: 7% IBU: 55. Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA . Henry Phillips. ABV: 6% IBU: 60. Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPA . Henry Phillips. ABV: 4.7% Stone IPA . Henry Phillips. ABV: 6.9% IBU: 71. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai. Henry Phillips. ABV: 7.5% IBU: 65.
The launch of Shock Top Wheat IPA marks the first this year for the brand. Shock Top Belgian White is an award-winning Belgian -style unfiltered wheat ale, with a naturally cloudy and light golden color.