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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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The Brewers Association has caused a firestorm on the interwebs today with the release of its statement “Craft vs. Crafty.”



You can read the whole statement here, but basically, the statement gives the Brewers Association of craft beer, warns consumers to avoid “craft-imitating beers” brewed by large breweries and calls for all beer labels to include whoever brews the beer so consumers know if they’re buying real craft beer or “craft-imitating beers.”



I never liked the Brewers Association’s definition of craft beer because it does not take taste into considertion There are many, many breweries that fall under their definition of craft beer that brew some really bad beers. Should I support a brewery that is “craft” just because they’re “craft.”



I think it’s just getting too complicated. I have two new definitions that I think are simpler.



Instead of “craft vs. crafty,” it should be “good beer vs. bad beer.”



The definition of good beer is beer that tastes good to you. The definition of bad beer is beer that tastes bad to you. The great thing is no one can question you on it. It’s all based on your own taste buds.



So stop worrying about definitions and labels. Just drink what you like.

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