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now that Fat Yak is brewed no longer at the Dandenong site, but in a larger operation, then surely that should diqualify it (as it is no longer brewed in Fosters craft section)...
You know what, when Fat Yak was new I had it at the breakfast creek hotel in Brisbane and it was really really nice. It had a nice amount of late hops. It's a completely different beer now, so like JSGA it's a perfect example of a beer that I would have considered a craft beer at first but is now probably not one.
It's good that the observation in the change of taste in both cases matches up to the change in brewing technique (big batch compared to small batch).
With that in mind, maybe smaller batches is a necessity of craft beer. But are there examples in the world of mega breweries making craft beer? Is it the big batch size that changes the flavour or is it that big breweries cut corners and substitute ingredients and are too impatient with fermenting/conditioning times etc?
I would like any definition of 'craft beer' to exclude 'political' things like ownership structure of the brewery etc personally.