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Brewers Association Reveals Top 50 Breweries of 2014

Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries of 2014

The Brewers Association has released its list of the Top 50 Breweries of 2014. The BA's new definition of what comprises a craft brewery caused the most changes to the list, as D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. took the top spot from longtime number one Boston Beer Company. The full list can be found here.

Here is the release from the Brewers Association:

Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent 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. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

"The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry," said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. "They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy."  

 

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies

(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

 

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc

Pottsville

PA

2

Boston Beer Co

Boston

MA

3

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Chico

CA

4

New Belgium Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

5

Gambrinus

Shiner

TX

6

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Petaluma

CA

7

Bell's Brewery, Inc

Galesburg

MI

8

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

9

Stone Brewing Co

Escondido

CA

10

Minhas Craft Brewery

Monroe

WI

11

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

12

Duvel Moortgat USA

Kansas City & Cooperstown

MO/NY

13

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

14

Matt Brewing Co

Utica

NY

15

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

16

Firestone Walker Brewing Co

Paso Robles

CA

17

Founders Brewing Co

Grand Rapids

MI

18

SweetWater Brewing Co

Atlanta

GA

19

New Glarus Brewing Co

New Glarus

WI

20

Alaskan Brewing Co

Juneau

AK

21

Abita Brewing Co

Abita Springs

LA

22

Anchor Brewing Co

San Francisco

CA

23

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Cleveland

OH

24

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

25

Shipyard Brewing Co

Portland

ME

26

Stevens Point Brewery Co

Stevens Point

WI

27

August Schell Brewing Co

New Ulm

MN

28

Summit Brewing Co

Saint Paul

MN

29

Victory Brewing Co

Downingtown

PA

30

Long Trail Brewing Co

Bridgewater Corners

VT

31

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

San Diego

CA

32

Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters

Newport

OR

33

Full Sail Brewing Co

Hood River

OR

34

Odell Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

35

Southern Tier Brewing Co

Lakewood

NY

36

Ninkasi Brewing Co

Eugene

OR

37

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

38

Uinta Brewing Co

Salt Lake City

UT

39

Bear Republic Brewing Co

Cloverdale

CA

40

Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont

CO

41

21st Amendment Brewery Cafe

San Francisco

CA

42

Allagash Brewing Co

Portland

ME

43

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

44

Troegs Brewing Co

Hershey

PA

45

Karl Strauss Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

46

Saint Arnold Brewing Co

Houston

TX

47

Narragansett Brewing Co

Providence

RI

48

Green Flash Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

49

Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc

Chattanooga & Louisville

TN/CO

50

Breckenridge Brewery

Denver

CO

 

Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies2

(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

 

Rank

Company

City

State

1

Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a)

St. Louis

MO

2

Miller Coors (b)

Chicago

IL

3

Pabst Brewing Co (c)

Los Angeles

CA

4

D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc

Pottsville

PA

5

Boston Beer Co (d)

Boston

MA

6

North American Breweries (e)

Rochester

NY

7

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Chico

CA

8

New Belgium Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

9

Craft Brew Alliance (f)

Portland

OR

10

Gambrinus (g)

Shiner

TX

11

Lagunitas Brewing Co

Petaluma

CA

12

Bell's Brewery, Inc (h)

Galesburg

MI

13

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

14

Stone Brewing Co

Escondido

CA

15

Sleeman Brewing Co (i)

LaCrosse

WI

16

Minhas Craft Brewery (j)

Monroe

WI

17

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

18

Duvel Moortgat USA (k)

Kansas City & Cooperstown

MO/NY

19

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

20

Matt Brewing Co (l)

Utica

NY

21

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

22

Firestone Walker Brewing Co

Paso Robles

CA

23

Founders Brewing Co

Grand Rapids

MI

24

SweetWater Brewing Co

Atlanta

GA

25

New Glarus Brewing Co

New Glarus

WI

26

Alaskan Brewing Co

Juneau

AK

27

Abita Brewing Co

Abita Springs

LA

28

Anchor Brewing Co

San Francisco

CA

29

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Cleveland

OH

30

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

31

Shipyard Brewing Co (m)

Portland

ME

32

Stevens Point Brewery Co (n)

Stevens Point

WI

33

August Schell Brewing Co (o)

New Ulm

MN

34

Summit Brewing Co

Saint Paul

MN

35

Victory Brewing Co

Downingtown

PA

36

Long Trail Brewing Co (p)

Bridgewater Corners

VT

37

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits

San Diego

CA

38

Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters

Newport

OR

39

Full Sail Brewing Co

Hood River

OR

40

Odell Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

41

Southern Tier Brewing Co

Lakewood

NY

42

Ninkasi Brewing Co

Eugene

OR

43

World Brews/Winery Exchange (q)

Novato

CA

44

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

45

Pittsburgh Brewing Co (r)

Pittsburgh

PA

46

Uinta Brewing Co

Salt Lake City

UT

47

Bear Republic Brewing Co

Cloverdale

CA

48

Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont

CO

49

21st Amendment Brewery Cafe

San Francisco

CA

50

Allagash Brewing Co

Portland

OR

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The Association's full 2014 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2015.

 

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association's craft brewing statistics for 2014.

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

2 Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck's, Blue Point, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Keystone, Killian's, Leinenkugel's, Miller and Tenth & Blake brands; (c) includes Pabst, Schlitz and 28+ other brand families; (d) includes Alchemy & Science and Sam Adams brands. Does not include Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard brands; (e) includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid brands; (f) includes Kona, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (g) includes BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands; (h) includes Bell's and Upper Hand brands; (i) includes Sleeman and Sapporo brands; (j) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (k) includes Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (l) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (m) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (n) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (o) includes Grain Belt and Schell's brands; (p) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver's brands; (q) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.