Brewers Association Releases 2018 Top 50 Brewing Companies By Sales Volume

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Boulder, Colo.—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

“Although the market has grown more competitive, particularly for regional craft breweries with the widest distribution, these 50 small and independent brewing companies continue to lead the craft brewing market in sales through strong brands, quality, and innovation,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.

View and download map of top 50 producing craft brewing companies.

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, San Francisco CO, CA
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 CANarchy Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Inglewood, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, CA, TX
9 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
10 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
11 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
12 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
14 SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
15 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
16 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
17 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
18 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
19 Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau AK
20 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
21 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
22 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
23 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
24 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
25 August Schell Brewing Co. New Ulm MN
26 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
27 Troëgs Brewing Co. Hershey PA
28 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
29 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
30 Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME
31 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
32 Narragansett Brewing Co. Providence RI
33 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
34 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
35 Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
36 Rogue Ales Newport OR
37 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
38 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
39 Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster IN
40 Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
41 Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle WA
42 Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UT
43 Wachusett Brewing Co. Westminster MA
44 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
45 Modern Times Beer San Diego CA
46 North Coast Brewing Co. Fort Bragg CA
47 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
48 Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
49 Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
50 Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

Rank Brewery Name City State
Bold = small and independent craft brewery
1 Anheuser-Busch Inc. (a) St. 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 Diageo (f) Norwalk CT
8 FIFCO USA (g) Rochester NY
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 Founders Brewing Co. (l) Grand Rapids MI
15 Gambrinus (m) San Antonio, Berkeley, Portland TX, CA, OR
16 Bell’s Brewery Inc. (n) Comstock MI
17 CANarchy (o) Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Inglewood, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, CA, TX
18 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
19 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
20 Artisanal Brewing Ventures (p) Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
21 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
22 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
23 SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
24 Minhas Craft Brewery (q) Monroe WI
25 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
26 Matt Brewing Co. (r) Utica NY
27 Sapporo USA (s) La Crosse, San Francisco WI, CA
28 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
29 Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau AK
30 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
31 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
32 Stevens Point Brewery (t) Stevens Point WI
33 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
34 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
35 August Schell Brewing Co. (u) New Ulm MN
36 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
37 Troëgs Brewing Co. Hershey PA
38 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
39 Shipyard Brewing Co. (v) Portland ME
40 Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME
41 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
42 Narragansett Brewing Co. Providence RI
43 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
44 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
45 Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
46 Rogue Ales Newport OR
47 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
48 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
49 Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster IN
50 Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA

View Top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries on a Map

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A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2019 Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America, held from April 8-11 in Denver, Colorado. The association’s full 2018 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 2019.

1 Figure based on companies that met the craft brewer definition for all or part of 2018. An American craft brewer is a small and independent brewer. 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. Brewer: Has a TTB Brewer’s Notice and makes beer.

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

Contact: Abby Cohen (on behalf of the Brewers Association) 646-695-7044

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,800-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con™, and National Homebrew Competition. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.