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Brewers Association releases Top 50 craft breweries in 2011

April 17, 2012 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 2011 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.

Regionally, St. Louis’ Schlafly has moved into the top 40 at No. 39, while Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company has moved up from No. 27 to No. 24. In addition, Louisiana’s Abita dropped two spots to No. 17.

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. The Gambrinus Company San Antonio TX
5. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
6. Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
8. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
9. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
10. Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
11. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
12. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
13. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
14. Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co. Juneau AK
15. Long Trail Brewing Co. Burlington VT
16. Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
17. Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
18. Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
19. New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
20. Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
21. Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
22. Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
23. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
24. Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
25. Rogue Ales Brewery Newport OR
26. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
27. Victory Brewing Co. Downington PA
28. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants Chattanooga TN
29. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
30. Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
31. Stevens Point Brewery Co. Stevens Point WI
32. Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
33. BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. Huntington Beach CA
34. Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
35. Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
36. Lost Coast Brewery Cafe Eureka CA
37. Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula MT
38. North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Bragg CA
39. Saint Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Bottleworks St. Louis MO
40. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
41. Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO
42. Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids MI
43. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
44. Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
45. Real Ale Brewing Co. Blanco TX
46. Mac and Jack’s Brewery Inc. Redmond WA
47. Smuttynose Brewing Co. Portsmouth NH
48. Utah Brewers Cooperative Salt Lake City UT
49. Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO
t50. Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Boonville CA
t50. Four Peaks Brewing Co. Tempe AZ

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

“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.”

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