The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on 2012 beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 39 are small and independent craft brewing companies¹.

“In 2012, craft surpassed six percent of the total U.S. beer market, with volume and dollar sales reaching record levels,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.

“Increasingly, beer lovers are turning to craft brewed beer from small and independent producers to satisfy their thirst for bold, innovative and flavor-forward beers.”

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies

(Based on 2012 beer sales volume)

Rank
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
The Gambrinus Co.
San Antonio
TX
5
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
6
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma
CA
7
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Galesburg
MI
8
Matt Brewing Co.
Utica
NY
9
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
10
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido
CA
11
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
12
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City
MO
13
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
14
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs
LA
15
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland
ME
16
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Juneau
AK
17
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus
WI
18
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Bridgewater Corners
VT
19
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland
OH
20
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles
CA
21
Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco
CA
22
Rogue Ales
Newport
OR
23
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul
MN
t. 24
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hood River
OR
t. 24
SweetWater Brewing Co.
Atlanta
GA
26
Victory Brewing Co.
Downingtown
PA
27
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
28
Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse
Cold Spring
MN
29
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
30
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids
MI
31
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Eugene
OR
32
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO
33
Odell Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
34
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cloverdale
CA
35
Stevens Point Brewery Co.
Stevens Point
WI
36
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Patchogue
NY
37
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Lakewood
NY
38
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Eureka
CA
39
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA
40
BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.
Huntington Beach
CA
41
Breckenridge Brewery
Denver
CO
42
North Coast Brewing Co.
Fort Bragg
CA
43
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont
CO
44
St. Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Beers
St. Louis
MO
45
Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Houston
TX
46
Ballast Point Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA
47
Big Sky Brewing Co.
Missoula
MT
48
Allagash Brewing Co.
Portland
ME
49
Uinta Brewing Co.
Salt Lake City
UT
50
Tröegs Brewing Co.
Hershey
PA

Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies

(Based on 2012 beer sales volume)

Rank
COMPANY
City
STATE
1
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (a)
St. Louis
MO
2
MillerCoors (b)
Chicago
IL
3
Pabst Brewing Co. (c )
Woodridge
IL
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, Inc. (f)
Portland
OR
10
The Gambrinus Co. (g)
San Antonio
TX
11
Minhas Craft Brewery (h)
Monroe
WI
12
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
13
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma
CA
14
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Galesburg
MI
15
Matt Brewing Co. (i)
Utica
NY
16
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
17
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido
CA
18
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
19
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City
MO
20
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
21
Abita Brewing Co.
Abita Springs
LA
22
World Brews/Winery Exchange (j)
Novato
CA
23
Shipyard Brewing Co. (k)
Portland
ME
24
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Juneau
AK
25
August Schell Brewing Co. (l)
New Ulm
MN
26
New Glarus Brewing Co.
New Glarus
WI
27
Long Trail Brewing Co. (m)
Bridgewater Corners
VT
28
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland
OH
29
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles
CA
30
Anchor Brewing Co.
San Francisco
CA
31
Rogue Ales
Newport
OR
32
Summit Brewing Co.
St. Paul
MN
t. 33
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hood River
OR
t. 33
SweetWater Brewing Co.
Atlanta
GA
35
Victory Brewing Co.
Downingtown
PA
36
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
37
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. (n)
Pittsburgh
PA
38
Mendocino Brewing Co. (o)
Ukiah
CA
39
Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (p)
Cold Spring
MN
40
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
41
Founders Brewing Co.
Grand Rapids
MI
42
Ninkasi Brewing Co.
Eugene
OR
43
CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants, Inc. (q)
Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO
44
Odell Brewing Co.
Fort Collins
CO
45
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cloverdale
CA
46
Stevens Point Brewery Co. (r)
Stevens Point
WI
47
Blue Point Brewing Co.
Patchogue
NY
48
Southern Tier Brewing Co.
Lakewood
NY
49
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Eureka
CA
50
Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
San Diego
CA

*Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck’s, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Blue brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer 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; (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 Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (i) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (j) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (k) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (l) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (m) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (n) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families; (o) includes Butte Creek, Kingfisher, Mendocino and Olde Saratoga brands; (p) includes Cold Spring and John Henry brands; (q) includes A1A, Big River, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants, Ragtime and Seven Bridges brewpubs; (r) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands.

For additional statistics, see the craft brewing statistics and 2012 craft brewer sales numbers.

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored 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 flavor.