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 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014

Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014

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Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies [1]

(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

Rank Brewing Company City State
1. D. G. Yuengling and 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. Gambrinus Shiner TX
6. Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc Galesburg MI
8. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
9. Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
10. Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
11. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12. Duvel Moortgat USA Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY
13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
14. Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
15. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
16. Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
17. Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
18. SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
19. New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
20. Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
21. Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
22. Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
23. Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
24. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
25. Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
26. Stevens Point Brewery Co Stevens Point WI
27. August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
28. Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
29. Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
30. Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
31. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits San Diego CA
32. Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters Newport OR
33. Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
34. Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
35. Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
36. Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
37. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
38. Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
39. Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
40. Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO
41. 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe San Francisco CA
42. Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
43. Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe Eureka CA
44. Troegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
45. Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
46. Saint Arnold Brewing Co Houston TX
47. Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
48. Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
49. Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc Chattanooga & Louisville TN/CO
50. Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO

Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies [2]

(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

Rank Company City State
1. Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a) St. Louis MO
2. Miller Coors (b) Chicago IL
3. Pabst Brewing Co (c) Los Angeles CA
4. D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc Pottsville PA
5. Boston Beer Co (d) Boston MA
6. North American Breweries (e) Rochester NY
7. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
8. New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
9. Craft Brew Alliance (f) Portland OR
10. Gambrinus (g) Shiner TX
11. Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
12. Bell’s Brewery, Inc (h) Galesburg MI
13. Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
14. Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
15. Sleeman Brewing Co (i) LaCrosse WI
16. Minhas Craft Brewery (j) Monroe WI
17. Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
18. Duvel Moortgat USA (k) Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY
19. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
20. Matt Brewing Co (l) Utica NY
21. Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
22. Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
23. Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
24. SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
25. New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
26. Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
27. Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
28. Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
29. Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
30. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
31. Shipyard Brewing Co (m) Portland ME
32 Stevens Point Brewery Co (n) Stevens Point WI
33. August Schell Brewing Co (o) New Ulm MN
34. Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
35. Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
36. Long Trail Brewing Co (p) Bridgewater Corners VT
37. Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits San Diego CA
38. Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters Newport OR
39. Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
40. Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
41. Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
42. Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
43. World Brews/Winery Exchange (q) Novato CA
44. Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
45. Pittsburgh Brewing Co (r) Pittsburgh PA
46. Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
47. Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
48. Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO
49. 21st Amendment Brewery Cafe San Francisco CA
50. Allagash Brewing Co Portland OR

 
The Association’s full 2014 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 2015.

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association’s craft brewing statistics for 2014.


[1] 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.

 

[2] Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck’s, Blue Point, 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 A.C. 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. Does not include Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard 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 Bell’s and Upper Hand brands; (i) includes Sleeman and Sapporo brands; (j) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (k) includes Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (l) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (m) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (n) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (o) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (p) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (q) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.