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US beer rankings out

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted March 31, 2014
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BA releases listings of the Top 50 US craft and overall brewing firms based on 2013 sales volumes.


The Colorado-headquartered Brewers Association (BA) has today (31/3/14) published its annual listings of the Top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the US.

Based on beer sales volumes, a press release explains, the rankings use the BA's now revised 2013 definition of what constitutes a craft brewer1, with 38 of the Top 50 overall brewing companies deemed small and independent craft brewers.

"In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales," says BA staff economist Bart Watson.

"Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavoured and local beers from small and independent craft breweries."


RANK CHANGE CORRECTIONS

The BA has now issued corrections to five of the following rank changes.

These appear in red.


TOP 50 US CRAFT BREWING COMPANIES


1) Boston Beer, Boston, MA (no change);

2) Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA (no change);

3) New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO (no change);

4) Gambrinus, San Antonio, TX (no change);

5) Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA (up 1);

6) Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR (down 1);

7) Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, MI (no change);

8) Duvel Moortgat USA, Kansas City and Cooperstown, MO/NY (N/A);

9) Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY (up 2);

10) Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA (no change);

11) Matt Brewing, Utica, NY (down 3);

12) Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA (down 3);

13) Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE (no change);

14) Shipyard Brewing, Portland, ME (up 1);

15) Abita Brewing, Abita Springs, LA (down 1);

16) Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, CA (up 4);

17) Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, AK (down 1);

18) New Glarus Brewing, New Glarus, WI (down 1);

19) SweetWater Brewing, Atlanta, GA (up 5);

20) Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OH (down 1);

21) Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, CA (no change);

22) Long Trail Brewing, Bridgewater Corners, VT (down 4);

23) Summit Brewing, St Paul, MN (no change);

24) Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO (up 3);

25) Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR (down 1);

26) Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, MI (up 4);

27) Rogue Ales, Newport, OR (down 5);

28) Victory Brewing, Downingtown, PA (down 2);

29) Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, CA (up 17);

30) Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, OR (up 1);

31) Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood, NY (up 6);

32) Cold Spring Brewing/Third Street Brewhouse, Cold Spring, MN (down 4);

33) Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD (down 4);

34) Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO (down 1);

35) Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI (no change);

36) Bear Republic Brewing, Cloverdale, CA (down 2);

37) Lost Coast Brewery and Café, Eureka, CA (up 1);

38) Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, CO (up 5);

39) CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Chattanooga and Louisville, TN/CO (down 7);

40) Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO (up 1);

41) Karl Strauss Brewing, San Diego, CA (down 2);

42) Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY (down 6);

43) Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, NY (new);

44) BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Huntington Beach, CA (down 4);

45) North Coast Brewing, Fort Bragg, CA (down 3);

46) Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City, UT (up 3);

47) Allagash Brewing, Portland, ME (up 1);

48) Saint Arnold Brewing, Houston, TX (down 3);

49) Gordon Biersch Brewing, San Jose, CA (new); and

50) 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, CA (new).



TOP 50 OVERALL US BREWING COMPANIES2


1) Anheuser-Busch (a), St. Louis, MO (no change);

2) MillerCoors (b), Chicago, IL (no change);

3) Pabst Brewing (c), Los Angeles, CA (no change);

4) DG Yuengling and Son, Pottsville, PA (no change);

5) Boston Beer (d), Boston, MA (no change);

6) North American Breweries (e), Rochester, NY (no change);

7) Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA (no change);

8) New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO (no change);

9) Craft Brew Alliance (f), Portland, OR (no change);

10) Gambrinus (g), San Antonio, TX (no change);

11) Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA (up 2);

12) Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR (no change);

13) Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, MI (up 1);

14) Duvel Moortgat USA (h), Kansas City and Cooperstown, MO/NY (N/A);

15) Minhas Craft Brewery (i), Monroe, WI (down 4);

16) Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY (up 2);

17) Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA (no change);

18) Matt Brewing (j), Utica, NY (down 3);

19) Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA (down 3);

20) Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE (no change);

21) Shipyard Brewing (k), Portland, ME (up 2);

22) Abita Brewing, Abita Springs, LA (down 1);

23) Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, CA (up 6);

24) Alaskan Brewing, Juneau, AK (no change);

25) New Glarus Brewing, New Glarus, WI (up 1);

26) SweetWater Brewing, Atlanta, GA (up 7);

27) Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland, OH (up 1);

28) August Schell Brewing (l), New Ulm, MN (down 3);

29) Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, CA (up 1);

30) World Brews/Winery Exchange (m), Novato, CA (down 8);

31) Long Trail Brewing (n), Bridgewater Corners, VT (down 4);

32) Summit Brewing, St Paul, MN (no change);

33) Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO (up 3);

34) Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR (down 1);

35) Founders Brewing, Grand Rapids, MI (up 6);

36) Rogue Ales, Newport, OR (down 5);

37) Victory Brewing, Downingtown, PA (down 2);

38) Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, CA (new);

39) Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, OR (up 3);

40) Southern Tier Brewing, Lakewood, NY (up 8);

41) Mendocino Brewing (o), Ukiah, CA (down 3);

42) Cold Spring Brewing/Third Street Brewhouse (p), Cold Spring, MN (down 3);

43) Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD (down 3);

44) Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO (no change);

45) Stevens Point Brewery (q), Stevens Point, WI (up 1);

46) Bear Republic Brewing, Cloverdale, CA (down 1);

47) Pittsburgh Brewing (r), Pittsburgh, PA (down 10);

48) Lost Coast Brewery and Café, Eureka, CA (up 1);

49) Narragansett Brewing, Providence, RI (new); and

50) Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, CO (new).


See also A "stellar year" for craft beer, posted 19/3/14, and US craft exports surge, posted 26/3/14.


Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist and geographer who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. A published lyricist, he has fronted punk bands in both the UK and Poland, including the only band ever to be kicked off BBC Radio Cornwall. 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 world speedscarfing supremo Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut. He has been known to like a pint.


Footnotes

1) For all you pube splitters out there, this is the BA's 2013 definition of a craft brewer: "An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6m barrels [715.4m litres]. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavoured 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 flavour."

The BA updated its craft brewer definition in 2014. You can read this revised definition here. This new definition, the BA says, will be used to collect 2014 data, published in 2015.

2) What them funny little letters mean: (a) includes Bass, Beck's, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes AC 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 Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (i) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (j) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (k) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (l) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (m) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (n) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver's brands; (o) includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher, Mendocino and Olde Saratoga brands; (p) includes Cold Spring and John Henry brands; (q) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.




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