Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Brewers Association lists Top 50 Breweries of 2012

Brewers Associatation Top 50 Breweries of 2012It's one of the biggest craft beer lists revealed each year. It's the list that shows who's selling the most beer in America every year. The biggest selling craft breweries are on the list, and several Colorado breweries have snagged several spots again this year. The following is a press release from the Brewers Association. Check out if your favorite Colorado brewery made the top 50 list.

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • April 10, 2013 - The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 39 are small and independent craft brewing companies¹.

“In 2012, craft surpassed six percent of the total U.S. beer market, with volume and dollar sales reaching record levels,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Increasingly, beer lovers are turning to craft brewed beer from small and independent producers to satisfy their thirst for bold, innovative and flavor-forward beers.”

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2012 beer sales volume)

RankCOMPANYCityState

1

Boston Beer Co.

Boston

MA

2

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico

CA

3

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

4

The Gambrinus Co.

San Antonio

TX

5

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

6

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma

CA

7

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Galesburg

MI

8

Matt Brewing Co.

Utica

NY

9

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

10

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido

CA

11

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

12

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City

MO

13

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

14

Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Springs

LA

15

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

16

Alaskan Brewing Co.

Juneau

AK

17

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus

WI

18

Long Trail Brewing Co.

Bridgewater Corners

VT

19

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland

OH

20

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles

CA

21

Anchor Brewing Co.

San Francisco

CA

22

Rogue Ales

Newport

OR

23

Summit Brewing Co.

St. Paul

MN

t. 24

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Hood River

OR

t. 24

SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta

GA

26

Victory Brewing Co.

Downingtown

PA

27

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

28

Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse

Cold Spring

MN

29

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

30

Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids

MI

31

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Eugene

OR

32

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.

Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO

33

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

34

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Cloverdale

CA

35

Stevens Point Brewery Co.

Stevens Point

WI

36

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Patchogue

NY

37

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Lakewood

NY

38

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

39

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

40

BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.

Huntington Beach

CA

41

Breckenridge Brewery

Denver

CO

42

North Coast Brewing Co.

Fort Bragg

CA

43

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Longmont

CO

44

St. Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Beers

St. Louis

MO

45

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Houston

TX

46

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

47

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Missoula

MT

48

Allagash Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

49

Uinta Brewing Co.

Salt Lake City

UT

50

Tröegs Brewing Co.

Hershey

PA

(The list for overall US Brewing Companies was not included here)

The Association's full 2012 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 17, 2013.

For additional statistics, see the craft brewing statistics and 2012 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.

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About the Brewers Association
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 & 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.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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