Drink  |  News

The Brewers Association Releases List of 2012’s Top Craft Breweries

April 10, 2013  |  6:00pm
The Brewers Association Releases List of 2012’s Top Craft Breweries

We had lots of fun ranking our favorite beers in 2012, but The Brewers Association has now released its own list of the top 50 breweries last year, which is determined by beer sales volume. Among the top craft breweries were Boston Beer Co. (you know it better as Samuel Adams), Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co.

“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 of the Brewers Association, in a press release. “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.”

Unsurprisingly in the “overall” category, Anheuser-Busch Inc. took first place over MillerCoors and Pabst, with Boston Beer Co. first appearing at No. 5. With that factored in, 39 of the top 50 in the overall category are still small or independent brewing companies.

You can take a list of the top 50 craft brewing companies below, and let us know what you think of the rankings in the comments section. You can also see the list of the top 50 overall breweries over at the Brewers Association’s website.

The Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2012
1 – Boston Beer Co.
2 – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3 – New Belgium Brewing Co.
4 – The Gambrinus Co.
5 – Deschutes Brewery
6 – Lagunitas Brewing Co.
7 – Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
8 – Matt Brewing Co.
9 – Harpoon Brewery
10 – Stone Brewing Co.
11 – Brooklyn Brewery
12 – Boulevard Brewing Co.
13 – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
14 – Abita Brewing Co.
15 – Shipyard Brewing Co.
16 – Alaskan Brewing Co.
17 – New Glarus Brewing Co.
18 – Long Trail Brewing Co.
19 – Great Lakes Brewing Co.
20 – Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
21 – Anchor Brewing Co.
22 – Rogue Ales
23 – Summit Brewing Co.
24 – (tie) Full Sail Brewing Co., SweetWater Brewing Co.
26 – Victory Brewing Co.
27 – Oskar Blues Brewery
28 – Cold Spring Brewing Co.
29 – Flying Dog Brewery
30 – Founders Brewing Co.
31 – Ninkasi Brewing Co.
32 – CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc.
33- Odell Brewing Co.
34 – Bear Republic Brewing Co.
35 – Stevens Point Brewery
36 – Blue Point Brewing Co.
37 – Southern Tier Brewing Co.
38 – Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
39 – Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
40 – BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc.
41 – Breckenridge Brewery
42 – North Coast Brewing Co.
43 – Left Hand Brewing Co.
44 – St. Louis Brewery, Inc.
45 – Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
46 – Ballast Point Brewing Co.
47 – Big Sky Brewing Co.
48 – Allagash Brewing Co.
49 – Uinta Brewing Co.
50 – Troegs Brewing Co.

comments powered by Disqus
Related
Load More