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While Yuengling is already the the largest, oldest, American-owned brewery, it will soon add another title to its resume: Craft.

The Brewers Association, which represents and lobbies for the beer industry, is shifting the standards for what’s defined as a craft beer in the United States, and Pottsville, Pa.-based Yuengling will soon fit that mold.

Defined as independent, traditional and small, craft beer was until recently only made with barley malt (not rice or corn) and limited to breweries that make less than 2 million barrels a year.

After lifting the barley malt requirement, the BA also lifted the 2 million barrel requirement this year, upping that number to 6 million barrels per year. The BA is currently conducting its survey and will likely list its craft-defined breweries in early 2015.

When it does, breweries like Yuengling will be considered craft brews. The Pa. beer brews about 2.5 million bottles per year. And, with companies like Miller, Coors and Budweiser selling to foreign companies over the decades, Yuengling is also the largest American-owned brewery in the U.S. It surpassed Samuel Adams for that title in 2011.

According to a statement by the Brewers Association, the decision was a no-brainer.

“Some members communicated that a brewer that has been around for over 100 or 150 years not being considered a traditional brewer didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” according to Paul Gatza, director of the BA. “The changes to the BA purpose and craft brewer definition, in essence, now clarify that the association supports all independent small brewers as craft brewers and promotes all of their beers. While the Board did not discuss individual companies in the review of the purpose and definition, the result is a more inclusive Brewers Association.”

In addition to Yuengling, the BA will also be considering breweries like Narragansett crafts, which while not brewed in Pennsylvania, has made a comeback over the last few years as an alternative to PBR pounders.

Craft breweries represent about 8 percent of the market today. The BA hopes to up that number to 20 percent by 2020.

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