mi·​cro·​brew·​ery | \ˌmī-krō-ˈbrü-ə-rē, -ˈbru̇r-ē\

Definition of microbrewery 

: a small brewery making specialty beer in limited quantities

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microbrewer \ˈmī-​krō-​ˌbrü-​ər, -​ˌbru̇r \ noun

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Though Portland and Denver are better known for their beer scenes, scenic Asheville has quietly become a microbrewery destination in and of itself. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Alas, our ‘dry’ town tradition seems to be fading faster and faster and seems unlikely to survive the craft microbrewery/artisanal winery craze, except perhaps in Ocean City. Kevin Riordan, Philly.com, "New Jersey's county freeholders come and go. But the title of freeholder should stay | Kevin Riordan," 5 June 2018 Ohio’s first microbrewery received a very warm welcoming from Cleveland. Katie Jackson, Fox News, "Heading to the GOP Convention? Chow down at Cleveland's best restaurants," 15 July 2016 There's live music, and beer from local and international microbreweries. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Montreal in September 2018," 10 Sep. 2018 Huss Brewing has grown into the fifth-largest microbrewery in the country and third-largest craft brewery in Arizona. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "16 Arizona distillers, brewers, bartenders and others helping us drink smarter," 3 July 2018 Cayla Marvil, cofounder of Lamplighter Brewing Co., a microbrewery and taproom in Cambridge, Massachusetts, gives us the scoop on which ones to sip. 1. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "5 Easy-to-Drink Session Beers for Summer," 24 May 2017 Santee’s current microbreweries close at 10 p.m. on average. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Santee poised to allow more microbreweries," 3 July 2018 After years of double-digit volume sales growth, craft beer grew only 5 percent last year, with most of the increase driven by microbreweries and brewpubs, according to the Brewers Association. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "After chilly spring, beer industry hopes Memorial Day weekend will kick-start sales," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of microbrewery

1982, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of microbrewery

: a small brewery that makes beer in small amounts

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