Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2013 by Sales Volume

Brewers AssociationCraft Beer sales numbers are up for 2013! The Brewers Association in Boulder, CO just released their annual list of the Top 50 Craft Breweries in the US based on beer sales volume. This year Colorado has 6 companies in the list including: New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Odell Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Rock Bottom (aka Craftworks Breweries), and Breckenridge Brewery. Congrats to our local breweries making the top 50 list! Here's the official list.

[PRESS RELEASE] Boulder, CO • March 31, 2014 - The Brewers Association—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume and the craft brewer definition in 2013¹. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.
“In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavored and local beers from small and independent craft breweries.”

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2013 beer sales volume)

2013 Top 50 Craft Breweries by Sales Volume - part 1
2013 Top 50 Craft Breweries by Sales Volume - part 2

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association in 2013: 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.

Note: The Brewers Association updated the craft brewer definition in 2014. The new definition can be found on the Brewers Association website and will be used to collect 2014 data, published in 2015.


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