How can you tell if a beer is made by a U.S. craft brewer? Seek the independent craft brewer seal.
The independent craft brewer seal was launched in June 2017 by the Brewers Association, publishers of CraftBeer.com. The Brewers Association (BA) is the membership organization dedicated to promoting and protecting small and independent craft brewers in the United States. The BA defines a craft brewer as small and independent.
The logo is designed as an upside-down beer bottle, which symbolizes how the U.S. craft beer movement has turned beer on its head worldwide. Scroll down to see our photo gallery.
As global beer makers purchase formerly independent craft brewers, knowing which breweries are independent is confusing for beer lovers.
“What the seal provides is a clear message to the beer drinker that this beer comes from a small and independent craft brewer,” says BA Director Paul Gatza.
At the end of 2018, more than 4,000 craft brewing companies had adopted the seal — representing more than 80 percent of the volume of craft brewed beer.
When you see the seal, it signals “That’s Independence You’re Tasting.”
When you’re shopping for beer, look for the independent craft brewer seal. When you see it, snap and share a photo on Instagram and add the #seektheseal hashtag. CraftBeer.com editors are looking for your photos, and we’ll be sharing them on our social channels. Scroll down to see some of the most recent seal pictures from breweries, beer writers and beer lovers.