Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brewers Association releases Top 50 Breweries in 2011

Brewers AssociationBoulder, CO • April 17, 2012 - The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2011 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 36 are small and independent craft brewing companies¹,².

“In the last 15 years, craft brewing has gone from one percent of the overall beer market to almost six percent in 2011,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “We attribute a large part of that growth to the many talented brewers who are providing beer lovers with more beer style and flavor choices than ever before.”

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2011 beer sales volume)

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

Boston Beer Co.

Boston

MA

2

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico

CA

3

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

4

The Gambrinus Company

San Antonio

TX

5

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

6

Matt Brewing Co.

Utica

NY

7

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Galesburg

MI

8

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

9

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma

CA

10

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City

MO

11

Stone Brewing Company

Escondido

CA

12

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

13

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

14

Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.

Juneau

AK

15

Long Trail Brewing Co.

Burlington

VT

16

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

17

Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Springs

LA

18

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland

OH

19

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus

WI

20

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Hood River

OR

21

Summit Brewing Co.

St. Paul

MN

22

Anchor Brewing Co.

San Francisco

CA

23

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles

CA

24

Sweetwater Brewing Co.

Atlanta

GA

25

Rogue Ales Brewery

Newport

OR

26

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

27

Victory Brewing Co.

Downingtown

PA

28

CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants

Chattanooga/Louisville

TN/CO

29

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

30

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

31

Stevens Point Brewery Co.

Stevens Point

WI

32

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Eugene

OR

33

BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.

Huntington Beach

CA

34

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Patchogue

NY

35

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Cloverdale

CA

36

Lost Coast Brewery Cafe

Eureka

CA

37

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Missoula

MT

38

North Coast Brewing Co. Inc.

Fort Bragg

CA

39

Saint Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Bottleworks

St. Louis

MO

40

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.

San Jose

CA

41

Breckenridge Brewery

Denver

CO

42

Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids

MI

43

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Houston

TX

44

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

45

Real Ale Brewing Co.

Blanco

TX

46

Mac and Jack's Brewery Inc.

Redmond

WA

47

Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Portsmouth

NH

48

Utah Brewers Cooperative

Salt Lake City

UT

49

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Longmont

CO

t.50

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Boonville

CA

t.50

Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Tempe

AZ



Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies
(Based on 2011 beer sales volume)

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

Anheuser-Busch Inc. (a)

St. Louis

MO

2

MillerCoors (b)

Chicago

IL

3

Pabst Brewing Co. (c)

Woodbridge

IL

4

D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc.

Pottsville

PA

5

Boston Beer Co.

Boston

MA

6

North American Breweries (d)

Rochester

NY

7

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico

CA

8

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

9

Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. (e)

Portland

OR

10

The Gambrinus Company (f)

San Antonio

TX

11

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

12

Matt Brewing Co. (g)

Utica

NY

13

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Galesburg

MI

14

Minhas Craft Brewery (h)

Monroe

WI

15

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

16

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma

CA

17

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City

MO

18

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido

CA

19

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

20

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

21

Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.

Juneau

AK

22

Long Trail Brewing Co.

Burlington

VT

23

August Schell Brewing Co. (i)

New Ulm

MN

24

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

25

Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Springs

LA

26

World Brews/Winery Exchange (j)

Novato

CA

27

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland

OH

28

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus

WI

29

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Hood River

OR

30

Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Pittsburgh

PA

31

Summit Brewing Co.

St. Paul

MN

32

Anchor Brewing Co.

San Francisco

CA

33

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles

CA

34

Cold Spring Brewing Co. (k)

Cold Spring

MN

35

Sweetwater Brewing Co.

Atlanta

GA

36

Rogue Ales Brewery

Newport

OR

37

Mendocino Brewing Co. (l)

Ukiah

CA

38

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

39

Victory Brewing Co.

Downingtown

PA

40

CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants (m)

Chattanooga/Louisville

TN/CO

41

Oskar Blues Brewery & Tasty Weasel Tap Room

Longmont

CO

42

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

43

Stevens Point Brewery Co. (n)

Stevens Point

WI

44

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Eugene

OR

45

BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery

Huntington Beach

CA

46

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Patchogue

NY

47

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Cloverdale

CA

48

Goose Island Brewing Co. (o)

Chicago

IL

49

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

50

Narragansett Brewing Co.

Providence

RI



*Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck's, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Blue brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Kona, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Herman Joseph, Keystone, Killian's and Leinenkugel's brands; (c) includes Schlitz and 28 other brand families; (d) includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid brands; (e) includes Kona, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (f) includes BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands; (g) includes Flying Bison brands; (h) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (i) includes Grain Belt brand; (j) private label brands; (k) includes Gluek and 17 other brand families; (l) includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher and Olde Saratoga brands; (m) includes A1A, Big River, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Ragtime and Seven Bridges brewpubs; (n) includes James Page and Whole Hog brands; (o) sold to Anheuser-Busch in 2011.

The Association's full 2011 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available May 22, 2012.

For additional statistics, see the craft brewing statistics and 2011 craft brewer sales numbers.

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewer's brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

²Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for the Top 50 rankings.

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The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA's American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.


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