Today, the Brewers Association (BA)—the Colorado-based not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for American breweries—released its annual lists of the top 50 “craft” and overall brewing companies in the United States. (The BA defines “craft breweries” as operations that are small, independent and traditional.) The lists, based on 2011 beer sales volume, are part of a larger report on brewery sales that will appear in the May/June issue of the BA title “The New Brewer.”
“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.”
Not surprisingly, the top three overall American brewers are Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, and Pabst Brewing; the former two are foreign-owned. Rounding out the top 10 are Yuengling, Boston Beer Co. (maker of Sam Adams), North American Breweries (which includes the Genessee, Pyramid and Magic Hat brands), Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Craft Brewers Alliance (which includes the Kona, Red Hook and Widmer brands), and The Gambrinus Co. (producer of the BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands).
In the craft category, Boston Beer Co., Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and The Gambrinus Co. rose to the top of the list, followed by Deschutes Brewery, Matt Brewing Co., Bell’s Brewery, Harpoon Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing and Boulevard Brewing.
Access the complete lists here.