Saturday, April 13, 2013

Top 50 American Craft Breweries

    Craft brewers made
    13,235,917 barrels of beer
    last year, which means publicans
    poured plenty of pints!
    • Boston Beer leads the list of Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies.*
    • California leads the states with 11 breweries in the Top 50; Going up the West Coast, Oregon has four, and surprisingly, Washington has none. 
    • Colorado outranks Oregon with six breweries.
    • No Portland brewery is in the Top 50, but Widmer, as part of the Craft Brew Alliance merger with Red Hook and Kona, is #9 in the Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies.
    West Coast Breweries in the Top 50

    #2 Sierra Nevada (Chico)
    #6 Lagunitas (Petaluma)
    #10 Stone (Escondido)
    #20 Firestone Walker (Paso Robles)
    #21 Anchor (San Fransisco)
    #34 Bear Republic (Cloverdale)
    #38 Lost Coast (Eureka)
    #39 Karl Srauss (San Diego)
    #40 BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery (San Diego)
    #42 North Coast (Fort Bragg)
    #46 Ballast Point (San Diego)

    #5 Deschutes (Bend)
    #22 Rogue Ales (Newport)
    #24 Full Sail (Hood River)
    #31 Ninkasi (Eugene)

    • Craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235,917 barrels of beer in 2012, up from 11,467,337 in 2011. 
    • Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2012 was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars.
    • Craft brewers provide an estimated 108,440 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
    Statistics provided by the Brewers Association.
    * The Brewers Association defines a craft brewery as one with an annual production of beer less than six million barrels.

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