Spirit Cruises Summer 2019 Leaderboard

'Craft or Crap' App Exposes Dubious Crafty Beers

by The Drink Nation on Mar 13, 2014 in Beer
'Craft or Crap' App Exposes Dubious Crafty Beers

Craft beer’s continued popularity isn’t going unnoticed. As the segment continues to experience tremendous growth — production was up 9.6 percent in 2013 while overall beer sales dropped by as much as 1.4 percent — global brewing behemoths like AB InBev and MillerCoors are trying to cash in on the craze with dubious brands like Blue Moon and Shock Top that masquerade as small production craft beers.

To help navigate this tricky landscape and expose these crafty impostors, craft beer devotees Barrett Garese and Rudy Jahchan developed Craft Check, an iPhone app that scans beer bottles, cans and packaging to determine if the suds inside are indeed truly craft-brewed or just mass-produced crap in disguise.

But not everyone is thrilled about Craft Check’s arrival.

While it was developed and released without any affiliation with the Brewer’s Association, Andy Thomas, the often outspoken CEO of Craft Brew Alliance (parent of Redhook Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Omission Beer and Kona Brewing Company) used a recent profile of the app in Fortune as an opportunity to air his grievances over the Colorado-based trade association’s recent revision of its craft brewer definition.

Brewbound reports that while the definition was tweaked to accommodate brewers like the ever-expanding Boston Beer Company, it shuts out Craft Brew Alliance brands due to AB InBev’s ownership stake in them.

Photo: Craft Check


Tags: Beer
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Inside Look: Campari's Stylish North American Headquarters in New York

Inside Look: Campari's Stylish North American Headquarters in New York

If you're a frequent Negroni drinker, always order Wild Turkey Bourbon in your old fashioneds, or prefer your ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 9, 2020
Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Best Bars for Outdoor Drinking in Philadelphia, 2019

Whether it's to enjoy the first warm breezes of spring or the unexpected sunshine of a crisp day in fall, Philadelphia is full of great places to drin...read more ›

by Drink Philly Apr 11, 2019
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

For this exciting installment of Behind the Bar, we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Liana Oster, the head bartender at Dante in New Yo...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 7, 2020
The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

The Best Cocktail Bars in Philadelphia

Here it is - the definitive list of Philadelphia's best cocktail bars....read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 13, 2017
The Damage of Trump's Wine Tariffs: Importers Expect Shutdowns & Layoffs, Industry Could Be Irreparably Harmed

The Damage of Trump's Wine Tariffs: Importers Expect Shutdowns & Layoffs, Industry Could Be Irreparably Harmed

The wine industry in the United States may be in serious jeopardy thanks to proposed tariffs by the Trump admi...read more ›

by Nina Starner Dec 23, 2019
Royal Boucherie Now Offers a Three Course Lunch Special With a $25 Prix-Fixe & $2 Martinis

Royal Boucherie Now Offers a Three Course Lunch Special With a $25 Prix-Fixe & $2 Martinis

Nicholas Elmi's Old City spot, Royal Boucherie, is offering the best lunch special in the city: $2 martinis wi...read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 9, 2019
Drink Philly's Repeal Eve Ball Recap (PHOTOS)

Drink Philly's Repeal Eve Ball Recap (PHOTOS)

On the evening of Wednesday, December 4, partygoers raised a glass to the end of Prohibition and the passing of the 21st Amendment at Drink Philly's R...read more ›

by Drink Philly Dec 9, 2019
Prohibition Taproom is More Than Just Beer: An Inside Look at Their Cocktail Program

Prohibition Taproom is More Than Just Beer: An Inside Look at Their Cocktail Program

Prohibition Taproom, one of Philly's most beloved neighborhood bars, is definitely known for its beer and cide...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 19, 2019
Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Where to Host a Private Event in Philadelphia

Whether it's for the holidays or you have a special birthday coming up, Philadelphia has some amazing options when it comes to event spaces. ...read more ›

by Drink Philly Nov 26, 2018
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close