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"Craft Brewery," defined (1986)

"I use the term Craft Brewery to describe a small brewery, using traditional methods and ingredients, to produce a handcrafted, uncompromised beer that is marketed locally. "

—Vince Cottone

Good Beer Guide: Brewers and Pubs of the Pacific Northwest (1986), p.9



I can’t swear I was the ‘first’ to use the term [craft brewery], but I also don’t remember any source I borrowed it from. Possibly CAMRA used it in the UK before me, and, in fact, I traveled there in 1984 and ’85. If they did use it, their usage was probably very casual and I don’t think they made any attempt to define it or promote it as something like an appellation. I know of no brewing company who used it prior to my book.

— Vince Cottone (interviewed by Stan Hieronymus in 2010) about his putatively first-ever use of the phrase 'craft brewery' in print.



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