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BA announces US top 50s

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted April 01, 2015
DG Yuengling named largest US craft brewer
Top dog: Yuengling's range of craft brews. © DG Yuengling

BA names Yuengling largest US craft brewer by sales volume.

The Brewers Association (BA) has published its annual listings of the top 50 craft1 and overall brewing companies in the US based on 2014 beer sales volumes.

While Anheuser-Busch, perhaps unsurprisingly, topped the overall leader board, DG Yuengling and Son was named the largest craft brewer, knocking last year's number one, Boston Beer, off its perch to place second.

Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies, the BA reveals in a press release.

"The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry," says BA chief economist Bart Watson.

"They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category."

"As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy."

We could type out both lists like we did last year but quite frankly I'm gasping for a pint, so instead why not click this to download them as a PDF?

See also US beer rankings out, posted 31/3/14; Craft hits double digits, posted 16/3/15; and US craft exports nudge $100m, posted 24/3/15.

Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist, geographer and world traveller who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. In 2013, he represented the UK at the Fourth Annual Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto, coming an abysmal last and getting his arse royally whipped by Rake & Herald reader and Major League Eating speedscarfing supremo Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut. He has been known to like a pint.


1) The BA defines an American craft brewer as "small, independent and traditional". It must have an annual production of 6m barrels of beer or below (approximately 3% of US annual sales) and be less than 25% owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. The majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers must also have flavours derived from "traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation". The BA does not consider flavoured malt beverages (FMBs) beers.

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