Brewers Association Releases 2017 Top 50 Brewing Companies By Sales Volume

Boulder, COMarch 14, 2018—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 producing craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies.1

“In an increasingly competitive and mature marketplace, these brewing companies continue to lead and pave the path for small and independent craft brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.

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Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Rank Brewery Name 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 Duvel Moortgat Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
6 Gambrinus San Antonio/Berkeley/Portland TX/CA/OR
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
8 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
9 CANarchy Longmont/Tampa/Salt Lake City/Comstock Park CO/FL/UT/MI
10 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
11 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
13 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
14 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downingtown/Lakewood PA/NY
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 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
21 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
22 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
23 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
24 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
25 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
26 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
27 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
28 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
29 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
30 Troëgs Brewing Co Hershey PA
31 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
32 Rogue Ales Newport OR
33 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
34 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
35 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
36 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
37 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
38 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
39 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
40 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
41 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
42 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
43 Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
44 Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO
45 Three Floyds Brewing Co Munster IN
46 Saint Arnold Brewing Co Houston TX
47 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
48 North Coast Brewing Co Fort Bragg CA
49 Wachusett Brewing Co Westminster MA
50 Avery Brewing Co Boulder CO

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

Rank Brewery Name City State
Bold = small and independent craft brewery
1 Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a) Saint Louis MO
2 MillerCoors (b) Chicago IL
3 Constellation (c) Chicago IL
4 Heineken (d) White Plains NY
5 Pabst Brewing Co (e) Los Angeles CA
6 D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc Pottsville PA
7 North American Breweries (f) Rochester NY
8 Diageo (g) Norwalk CT
9 Boston Beer Co (h) Boston MA
10 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
11 New Belgium Brewing Co (i) Fort Collins CO
12 Craft Brew Alliance (j) Portland OR
13 Duvel Moortgat (k) Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
14 Gambrinus (l) San Antonio/Berkeley/Portland TX/CA/OR
15 Founders Brewing Co (m) Grand Rapids MI
16 Bell’s Brewery, Inc (n) Comstock MI
17 Sapporo USA (o) La Crosse WI
18 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
19 CANarchy (p) Longmont/Tampa/Salt Lake City/Comstock Park CO/FL/UT/MI
20 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
21 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
22 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
23 Minhas Craft Brewery (q) Monroe WI
24 Artisanal Brewing Ventures (r) Downingtown/Lakewood PA/NY
25 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
26 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
27 Matt Brewing Co (s) Utica NY
28 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
29 Alaskan Brewing Juneau AK
30 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
31 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
32 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
33 Stevens Point Brewery (t) Stevens Point WI
34 August Schell Brewing Co (u) New Ulm MN
35 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
36 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
37 Shipyard Brewing Co (v) Portland ME
38 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
39 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
40 Troëgs Brewing Co Hershey PA
41 Long Trail Brewing Co (w) Bridgewater Corners VT
42 Rogue Ales Newport OR
43 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
44 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
45 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
46 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
47 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
48 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
49 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
50 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL

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A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, held from April 30 – May 3, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. The association’s full 2017 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 2018.

1 Figure based on companies that met craft brewer definition for all or part of 2017. 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.

View a complete list of brands in the overall brewing category.

Media contact: Abby Cohen (on behalf of the Brewer Association) (646) 695-7044

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