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More Lists! Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Lists

I was going to save this for tomorrow, but it seems to be making the rounds this afternoon, so what the hay!  Here it is the Brewer’s Association top 50 list.  First is Craft Breweries by volume, and the last is all breweries by volume.  Any Surprises?…

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2010 beer sales volume)

Rank Brewing 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 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

*Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies notes: Spoetzl is part of Gambrinus Company; IBU January-August only prior to sale to North American Breweries (NAB); Kona January-September only prior to sale to Craft Brewers Alliance (CBA); BridgePort is part of Gambrinus Company.

Top 50 Brewing Companies
(Based on 2010 beer sales volume)

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch Inc. St. Louis MO
2 MillerCoors Brewing Co. Chicago IL
3 Pabst Woodbridge IL
4 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. Pottsville PA
5 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
6 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
7 New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
8 North American Breweries* Rochester NY
9 Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc.* Portland OR
10 Spoetzl Brewery* Shiner TX
11 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
12 Independent Brewers United  (IBU)* Burlington VT
13 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
14 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
15 Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
16 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
17 Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
18 Goose Island Beer Co. Chicago IL
19 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
20 Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co. Juneau AK
21 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
22 August Schell Brewing Co. New Ulm MN
23 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
24 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
25 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
26 Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
27 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
28 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
29 Summit Brewing Co. St Paul MN
30 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
31 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
32 Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
33 Iron City Brewing Co. Pittsburgh PA
34 Kona Brewery LLC* Kailua-Kona HI
35 Rogue Ales Newport OR
36 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
37 Winery Exchange Inc. / World Brews Novato CA
38 Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
39 Mendocino Brewing Co. Ukiah CA
40 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
41 Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA
42 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
43 BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. Huntington Beach CA
44 Stevens Point Brewery Co. Stevens Point WI
45 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
46 BridgePort Brewing Co.* Portland OR
47 Cold Spring Brewing Co. Cold Spring MN
48 Rock Bottom Brewery Louisville CO
49 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
50 Straub Brewery Saint Marys PA

*Top 50 Brewing Companies notes: NAB includes IBU August-December; CBA includes Kona October-December; Spoetzl is part of Gambrinus Company; and IBU is January-August only (sale to NAB); Kona is January-September only (sale to CBA); BridgePort is part of Gambrinus Company. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for the Top 50 rankings.

 

 

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14 Comments on “More Lists! Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Lists”

  1. April 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I think the news here is that Goose Island isn’t on the list of top 50 craft breweries. Ouch. That was quick!

    • April 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

      You might say that Goose Island is… taking the piss?!?!

      /bad pun

      Anyway, I started to swell up with pride to see Schlafly at #42 until I realized it’s just a ranking by sales. It’s still great that they made the list and I’m glad that they’re doing that well. I suppose I was hoping for some sort of subjective “Best Beers” Top 50, which would be impossible to do and would no doubt make a lot of people angry. Which would make it great discussion fodder.

    • Don
      April 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

      Well they are and they aren’t. AB Inbev is number one on the non craft inclusive list. 😉

  2. April 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I’m surprised that Lagunitas made it. I’ve always had this (obviously wrong) impression that they were just a little brewery from Northern California. They must have seriously expanded their capacity since I visited them in 2008.

    • Don
      April 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

      Lagunitas is going through a huge expansion right now. Unfortunately their beers taste like it too. Little drop in quality. I’m certain they will get it turned around however.

      • April 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

        Just bought some Undercover and hope it doesn’t dissapoint.

        • Don
          April 14, 2011 at 9:06 am #

          You’ll have to let me know John. I heard that this year’s Hairy Eyeball wasn’t that great, however I have yet to independently verify that.

  3. April 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    The good old Redstripe stand out, not bad a beer.

    • Don
      April 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      Didn’t see Redstripe on the list. Think this is just North American Breweries.

      • April 14, 2011 at 9:08 am #

        I think he assumed that your graphic for the post represented the beers on the list since that is the only place I can see Red Stripe also. 🙂

        • Don
          April 14, 2011 at 9:35 am #

          You know us Will…We’re all over the map! You should never make that assumption! 😉

  4. johnking82
    April 14, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    where is Anderson Valley…don’t they have a bear on their logo?

    • Don
      April 14, 2011 at 9:01 am #

      They’re not on the list, but at number 43 we have Bear republic, so we’re covered.

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