Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2012

The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 39 are small and independent craft brewing companies¹.

“In 2012, craft surpassed six percent of the total U.S. beer market, with volume and dollar sales reaching record levels,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Increasingly, beer lovers are turning to craft brewed beer from small and independent producers to satisfy their thirst for bold, innovative and flavor-forward beers.”
 
 
 
 
 

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies (Based on 2012 beer sales volume)

 

Rank

 COMPANY

City

State

1

Boston Beer Co.

Boston

MA

2

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Chico

CA

3

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

4

The Gambrinus Co.

San Antonio

TX

5

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

6

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma

CA

7

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Galesburg

MI

8

Matt Brewing Co.

Utica

NY

9

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

10

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido

CA

11

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

12

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City

MO

13

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

14

Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Springs

LA

15

Shipyard Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

16

Alaskan Brewing Co.

Juneau

AK

17

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus

WI

18

Long Trail Brewing Co.

Bridgewater Corners

VT

19

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland

OH

20

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles

CA

21

Anchor Brewing Co.

San Francisco

CA

22

Rogue Ales

Newport

OR

23

Summit Brewing Co.

St. Paul

MN

t. 24

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Hood River

OR

t. 24

SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta

GA

26

Victory Brewing Co.

Downingtown

PA

27

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

28

Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse

Cold Spring

MN

29

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

30

Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids

MI

31

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Eugene

OR

32

CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.

Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO

33

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

34

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Cloverdale

CA

35

Stevens Point Brewery Co.

Stevens Point

WI

36

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Patchogue

NY

37

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Lakewood

NY

38

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

39

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

40

BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.

Huntington Beach

CA

41

Breckenridge Brewery

Denver

CO

42

North Coast Brewing Co.

Fort Bragg

CA

43

Left Hand Brewing Co.

Longmont

CO

44

St. Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Beers

St. Louis

MO

45

Saint Arnold Brewing Co.

Houston

TX

46

Ballast Point Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

47

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Missoula

MT

48

Allagash Brewing Co.

Portland

ME

49

Uinta Brewing Co.

Salt Lake City

UT

50

Tröegs Brewing Co.

Hershey

PA

 

 

Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies 
(Based on 2012 beer sales volume)

 

Rank

COMPANY

City

STATE

1

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (a)

St. Louis

MO

2

MillerCoors (b)

Chicago

IL

3

Pabst Brewing Co. (c )

Woodridge

IL

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, Inc. (f)

Portland

OR

10

The Gambrinus Co. (g)

San Antonio

TX

11

Minhas Craft Brewery (h)

Monroe

WI

12

Deschutes Brewery

Bend

OR

13

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma

CA

14

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Galesburg

MI

15

Matt Brewing Co. (i)

Utica

NY

16

Harpoon Brewery

Boston

MA

17

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido

CA

18

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn

NY

19

Boulevard Brewing Co.

Kansas City

MO

20

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton

DE

21

Abita Brewing Co.

Abita Springs

LA

22

World Brews/Winery Exchange (j)

Novato

CA

23

Shipyard Brewing Co. (k)

Portland

ME

24

Alaskan Brewing Co.

Juneau

AK

25

August Schell Brewing Co. (l)

New Ulm

MN

26

New Glarus Brewing Co.

New Glarus

WI

27

Long Trail Brewing Co. (m)

Bridgewater Corners

VT

28

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Cleveland

OH

29

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles

CA

30

Anchor Brewing Co.

San Francisco

CA

31

Rogue Ales

Newport

OR

32

Summit Brewing Co.

St. Paul

MN

t. 33

Full Sail Brewing Co.

Hood River

OR

t. 33

SweetWater Brewing Co.

Atlanta

GA

35

Victory Brewing Co.

Downingtown

PA

36

Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont

CO

37

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (n)

Pittsburgh

PA

38

Mendocino Brewing Co. (o)

Ukiah

CA

39

Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (p)

Cold Spring

MN

40

Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick

MD

41

Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids

MI

42

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Eugene

OR

43

CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants, Inc. (q)

Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO

44

Odell Brewing Co.

Fort Collins

CO

45

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Cloverdale

CA

46

Stevens Point Brewery Co. (r)

Stevens Point

WI

47

Blue Point Brewing Co.

Patchogue

NY

48

Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Lakewood

NY

49

Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe

Eureka

CA

50

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

CA

 

*Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck's, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Blue brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer 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; (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 Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (i) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (j) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (k) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (l) includes Grain Belt and Schell's brands; (m) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (n) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families; (o) includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher, Mendocino and Olde Saratoga brands; (p) includes Cold Spring and John Henry brands; (q) includes A1A, Big River, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Ragtime and Seven Bridges brewpubs; (r) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands.

The Association's full 2012 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available May 17, 2013.

For additional statistics, see the craft brewing statistics and 2012 craft brewer sales numbers.

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition.Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewer's brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

 

 

 
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