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Brewers Association releases 2010 Top 50 craft breweries list

April 16, 2011 By: mike Category: Breweries, Craft beer

Brewers Association logoThe Brewers Association, a trade group that represents the craft beer industry, has released its annual list of Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies in the United States, based on 2010 beer sales volume.

Craft beer companies are defined as “small, independent and traditional,” with annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels.

The top three remain Boston Beer Co., which produces Sam Adams, followed by Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.

Here’s the list:

1. Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
3. New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
4. Spoetzl Brewery Shiner TX
5. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
6. Independent Brewers United  (IBU) Burlington VT
7. Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
8. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
9. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
10. Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
11. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
12. Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co. Juneau AK
13. Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
14. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
15. Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
16. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
17. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
18. Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
19. Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
20. Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
21. New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
22. Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
23. Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
24. Kona Brewery LLC Kailua-Kona HI
25. Rogue Ales Newport OR
26. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
27. Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
28. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
29. Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA
30. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
31. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. Huntington Beach CA
32. Stevens Point Brewery Co. Stevens Point WI
33. Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
34. BridgePort Brewing Co. Portland OR
35. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants Louisville CO
36. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
37. Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
38. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe Eureka CA
39. Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula MT
40. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Bragg CA
41. Mac and Jack’s Brewery Redmond WA
42. The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc. Maplewood MO
43. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
44. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
45. Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO
46. Utah Brewers Cooperative Salt Lake City UT
47. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants Chattanooga TN
48. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
49. Real Ale Brewing Co. Blanco TX
50. Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR

Meanwhile, 36 of the top 50 overall brewing companies are small, craft breweries, according to the association.

“At more than 1,700, the number of breweries in the U.S. is higher than any time since the late 1800s,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “Beer lovers’ appreciation for American craft brewers and their craft beers continue to grow.”

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