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Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries of 2016 List

The Brewers Association, governing body of American craft beer, has announced the top 50 breweries of 2016 by volume. Many of the usual suspects are represented, as D.G. Yuengling, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Gambrinus remain firmly entrenched in the top 5. 

The biggest jump within the Top 10 was Duvel Moortgat USA shooting up nine spots to number six after its partnership with Firestone Walker Brewing Co., which joins Boulevard and Ommegang with the holding company. Oskar Blues also crept into the top 10, overtaking Brooklyn Brewery, Minhas Craft Brewers and others.

“With such a broad range of brewers in today’s beer landscape, the leading small and independent producers have helped build the craft brewing industry to what it is today,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association in a press release. “Embracing their experience and ability to thrive and overcome challenges, the top producing craft brewers will continue to inspire, innovate and influence the future of beer.”

Here is the full release from the Brewers Association:

Boulder, CO • March 15, 2017—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, 40 were craft brewing companies.1

“With such a broad range of brewers in today’s beer landscape, the leading small and independent producers have helped build the craft brewing industry to what it is today,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Embracing their experience and ability to thrive and overcome challenges, the top producing craft brewers will continue to inspire, innovate and influence the future of beer.”

 

View & Download Map of Top 50

 

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

D. G. Yuengling & 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

San Antonio

TX

6

Duvel Moortgat

Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown

CA/MO/NY

7

Bell’s Brewery, Inc

Comstock

MI

8

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

9

Stone Brewing Co

Escondido

CA

10

Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co

Longmont

CO

11

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

12

Minhas Craft Brewery

Monroe

WI

13

Artisanal Brewing Ventures

Downington/Lakewood

PA/NY

14

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

15

SweetWater Brewing Co

Atlanta

GA

16

New Glarus Brewing Co

New Glarus

WI

17

Matt Brewing Co

Utica

NY

18

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

19

Alaskan Brewing

Juneau

AK

20

Abita Brewing Co

Abita Springs

LA

21

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Cleveland

OH

22

Anchor Brewing Co

San Francisco

CA

23

Stevens Point Brewery

Stevens Point

WI

24

August Schell Brewing Co

New Ulm

MN

24

Long Trail Brewing Co

Bridgewater Corners

VT

26

Summit Brewing Co

Saint Paul

MN

27

Odell Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

28

Shipyard Brewing Co

Portland

ME

29

Full Sail Brewing Co

Hood River

OR

30

Rogue Ales

Newport

OR

31

21st Amendment Brewery

Bay Area

CA

32

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

33

Ninkasi Brewing Co

Eugene

OR

34

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co

San Jose

CA

35

Allagash Brewing Co

Portland

ME

36

Narragansett Brewing Co

Providence

RI

37

Green Flash Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

38

Tröegs Brewing Co

Hershey

PA

39

Uinta Brewing Co

Salt Lake City

UT

40

Bear Republic Brewing Co

Cloverdale

CA

41

Karl Strauss Brewing Co

San Diego

CA

42

Surly Brewing Co

Minneapolis

MN

43

Sixpoint Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

44

Left Hand Brewing Co

Longmont

CO

45

Lost Coast Brewery

Eureka

CA

46

Revolution Brewing

Chicago

IL

47

North Coast Brewing Co

Fort Bragg

CA

48

Avery Brewing Co

Boulder

CO

49

Real Ale Brewing Co

Blanco

TX

50

BJ’s Brewery

Huntington Beach

CA


Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

Rank

Brewing Company

City

State

1

Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a)

Saint Louis

MO

2

MillerCoors (b)

Chicago

IL

3

Pabst Brewing Co (c)

Los Angeles

CA

4

D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc

Pottsville

PA

5

North American Breweries (d)

Rochester

NY

6

Boston Beer Co (e)

Boston

MA

7

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Chico

CA

8

New Belgium Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

9

Lagunitas Brewing Co (f)

Petaluma

CA

10

Craft Brew Alliance (g)

Portland

OR

11

Gambrinus (h)

San Antonio

TX

12

Duvel Moortgat (i)

Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown

CA/MO/NY

13

Ballast Point Brewing Co (j)

San Diego

CA

14

Bell’s Brewery, Inc (k)

Comstock

MI

15

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

16

Founders Brewing Co (l)

Grand Rapids

MI

17

Stone Brewing Co

Escondido

CA

18

Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co (m)

Longmont

CO

19

Sapporo USA (n)

La Crosse

WI

20

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

21

Minhas Craft Brewery (o)

Monroe

WI

22

Artisanal Brewing Ventures (p)

Downington/Lakewood

PA/NY

23

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

24

SweetWater Brewing Co

Atlanta

GA

25

New Glarus Brewing Co

New Glarus

WI

26

Matt Brewing Co (q)

Utica

NY

27

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

28

Alaskan Brewing Co

Juneau

AK

29

Abita Brewing Co

Abita Springs

LA

30

Great Lakes Brewing Co

Cleveland

OH

31

Anchor Brewing Co

San Francisco

CA

32

Stevens Point Brewery (r)

Stevens Point

WI

33

August Schell Brewing Co (s)

New Ulm

MN

33

Long Trail Brewing Co (t)

Bridgewater Corners

VT

35

Summit Brewing Co

Saint Paul

MN

36

Odell Brewing Co

Fort Collins

CO

37

Shipyard Brewing Co (u)

Portland

ME

38

Full Sail Brewing Co

Hood River

OR

39

Rogue Ales

Newport

OR

40

21st Amendment Brewery

Bay Area

CA

41

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

42

Ninkasi Brewing Co

Eugene

OR

43

Gordon Biersch Brewing Co

San Jose

CA

44

Allagash Brewing Co

Portland

ME

45

Narragansett Brewing Co

Providence

RI

46

Green Flash Brewing Co (v)

San Diego

CA

47

Tröegs Brewing Co

Hershey

PA

48

Uinta Brewing Co

Salt Lake City

UT

49

Bear Republic Brewing Co

Cloverdale

CA

50

Pittsburgh Brewing Co (w)

Pittsburgh

PA

 

 

For a complete list of brands in the overall brewing category, please visit BrewersAssociation.org.

A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference, held from April 10 -13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Association’s full 2016 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 2017.                                                            

1 Figure based on companies that met craft brewer definition for all or part of 2016. 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.

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