USA: New craft brewer’s ranking published

The U.S. Brewers Association (BA) today released its annual list of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

Except of some minor changes in the ranking, this year’s top of the list does not vary a lot from last year’s. Unlike the years before major takeovers of independent breweries by big brewing groups did not take place and therefore the players in the list of craft breweries are mainly the same as in former years. As BA’s guidelines stipulate, a brewery can only be listed as a craft brewer if “less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.”

In next year’s list, the number 4, New Belgium Brewing Co, will disappear because the brewery was bought in November by Lion Little World Beverages, the global craft beer division of Australasian brewer, Lion, which is part of brewing giant Kirin from Japan (, 19.11.2019).

Another import change will come next year with Dogfish Head Brewery, currently number 13 on the list, which announced to join forces with Boston Beer Company, ranked second (, 9.5.2019)

“Although 2020 will be a markedly different year than 2019 for the craft brewing market, these companies are well positioned to help the craft category weather the current market uncertainty and rebound with the flavor, variety, and innovation that beer lovers have come to expect from small brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association, while releasing the new list.

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Rank       Rank       Brewery Name                                      City                                                                         State
2019        2018

1               (1)            D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc               Pottsville                                                                 PA

2               (2)            Boston Beer Co                                   Boston                                                                     MA

3               (3)            Sierra Nevada Brewing Co                Chico                                                                        CA

4               (4)            New Belgium Brewing Co                  Fort Collins, San Francisco                                  CO,CA

5               (5)            Duvel Moortgat                                   Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown           CA,MO,NY

6               (6)            Gambrinus                                            Berkeley, Portland, Shiner                                    CA,OR,TX

7               (7)            Bell’s Brewery Inc.                                Comstock                                                               MI

8               (8)            CANarchy                                              Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City,                      CO,FL,UT,

                                                                                                  Comstock, Inglewood, Dallas                               MI,CA,TX

9               (9)            Stone Brewing                                      Escondido                                                                CA

10             (11)          Artisanal Brewing Ventures               Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn                     PA,NY,NY
11             (10)          Deschutes Brewery                             Bend                                                                          OR

12             (12)          Brooklyn Brewery                                Brooklyn                                                                    NY

13             (13)          Dogfish Head Craft Brewery              Milton                                                                        DE

14             (14)          SweetWater Brewing Co                    Atlanta                                                                       GA

15             (16)          New Glarus Brewing Co                     New Glarus                                                               WI

The whole list can be found here.

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