This comes at a time when small-scale breweries have begun expanding to an unprecedented size. Samuel Adams, which has historically been considered a craft brewer, now produces 1.3 million barrels a year; likewise, Widmer Brothers Brewing has surpassed the 200,000 barrel mark.
Over the years, I've asked everyone — from Kurt and Rob Widmer to the brewmasters at Speakeasy Ales and Lagers — what their definition of a "craft beer" is. "That's a hard question," is the general reply. Seems like this new designation will make the situation even more complicated, as production grows larger, and small-production items become more popular. What is your definition of craft beer?