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Brewers Association Releases 2018 Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies (By Sales Volume) - Where's Your Favorite Land?

14 March, 2019

The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers - released its annual lists of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. The yearly ranking of BA-defined craft brewers, by volume. So it's an index of who is gaining (and losing) volume at a faster rate than their peers.

Beyond the top, there are a few swaps among the top 25 lineup, but nothing major.

The back 25 is where the moves happen. After that first half of the list, you really start to notice the regional brewers, with fiery momentum, and many older brands that have started to slip.

 

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

RankBrewery NameCityState
1 D. G. Yuengling & Son Inc. Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
4 New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins, San Francisco CO, CA
5 Duvel Moortgat Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown CA, MO, NY
6 Gambrinus San Antonio, Berkeley, Portland TX, CA, OR
7 Bell’s Brewery Inc. Comstock MI
8 CANarchy Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Inglewood, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, CA, TX
9 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
10 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
11 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
12 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
14 SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
15 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
16 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
17 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
18 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
19 Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau AK
20 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
21 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
22 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
23 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
24 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
25 August Schell Brewing Co. New Ulm MN
26 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
27 Troëgs Brewing Co. Hershey PA
28 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
29 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
30 Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME
31 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
32 Narragansett Brewing Co. Providence RI
33 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
34 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
35 Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
36 Rogue Ales Newport OR
37 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
38 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
39 Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster IN
40 Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
41 Georgetown Brewing Co. Seattle WA
42 Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UT
43 Wachusett Brewing Co. Westminster MA
44 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
45 Modern Times Beer San Diego CA
46 North Coast Brewing Co. Fort Bragg CA
47 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
48 Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
49 Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
50 Left Hand Brewing Company Longmont CO

 

The climbers

 

Cincy's Rhinegeist jumped an impressive five spots last year, from 33 to 28 in '18. Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Troegs climbed from 30 to 27. Bucking the trend of establish brands' slippage, 24-year-old Portland stalwart Allagash jumped a few spots, from 36 to 30. (That's largely on the back of Allagash White trends: they announced cans last year but they're not rolling into markets until now.)

Surly went from 39 to 34, which is especially impressive considering they're in less than 10 states. Do recall, though, that they snagged longtime Sierra Nevada vet, Bill Manley, to be their new director of brand development. And despite having to pull out of Texas for lack of demand, and losing its CEO and CFO last year, Oregon's Ninkasi jumped from 38 to 35. Munster, Indiana's Three Floyds made an impressive climb, from 45 to 39.

 

The slippers

 

Rogue tumbled a few, from 32 to 36. Flying Dog did a flip flop of Rhinegeist's results, falling from 28 in '17 to 33 last year. Utah-based brand Unita fell from 37 to 42. Longtime California brewer Bear Republic fell from 42 to 49. Colorado-based Left Hand fell from 44 to 5o.

But the biggest drop on the list that we noticed was Full Sail, which dropped from 29 last year, all the way to 44.

 

Newcomers

 

All newcomers hail from the West Coast. San Diego brewer Modern Times (which notably has a chain of brewery taprooms across California and even Portland) hit the list for the first time, at number 45, despite only distributing to a handful of states along the West Coast. And Seattle's Georgetown Brewing Co. hit the list for the first time at no. 41, impressively. This is a 16-year-old brand that changed over from draft-only to cans back in 2017.