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Top 50 Breweries of 2016

Top 50 Breweries of 2016

Once again, the Brewers Association has released their list of the Top U.S. Craft Brewers. The list is based off volume of sales and has nothing to do with quality, so don’t expect to see any of your favorite neighborhood brewpubs on the list. The list also stretches the definition of craft to include brewery conglomerates such Artisnal Brewing Ventures, Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co, and Duvel Moortgat USA as well as larger breweries not always included in the craft discussion such as Yuengling.

Because breweries like Victory, Oskar Blues and Firestone Walker are now part of larger brewing groups, you will not see any of their names show up on this list either.  The top five breweries have not changed at all since last year, but last years sixth largest brewery is no longer even on the list. Lagunitas, due to their ownership share with Heineken, has been removed completely from the craft category as far as these rankings go. Other breweries removed from the list for this reason include: Ballast Point, Breckenridge, and Four Peaks.

In a surprising rise of the rankings, Stone Brewing moved up from 10th in 2015 to 9th this year despite have to lay-off a bunch of employees last year. Green Flash Brewing moved up four spots as well despite having a similar layoff situation. Though both breweries did open new East Coast facilities towards the end of the year.

The Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewers of 2015 list can be found here for those who want to reference the many changes.

You can see the full list mapped out below. For those who want to see where the craft breweries stack up against the rest of the beer industry, the Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies is below as well.


Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a) Saint Louis MO
2 MillerCoors (b) Chicago IL
3 Pabst Brewing Co (c) Los Angeles CA
4 D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc Pottsville PA
5 North American Breweries (d) Rochester NY
6 Boston Beer Co (e) Boston MA
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
8 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
9 Lagunitas Brewing Co (f) Petaluma CA
10 Craft Brew Alliance (g) Portland OR
11 Gambrinus (h) San Antonio TX
12 Duvel Moortgat USA (i) Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
13 Ballast Point Brewing Co (j) San Diego CA
14 Bell’s Brewery, Inc (k) Comstock MI
15 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
16 Founders Brewing Co (l) Grand Rapids MI
17 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
18 Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co (m) Longmont CO
19 Sapporo USA (n) La Crosse WI
20 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
21 Minhas Craft Brewery (o) Monroe WI
22 Artisanal Brewing Ventures (p) Downington/Lakewood PA/NY
23 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
24 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
25 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
26 Matt Brewing Co (q) Utica NY
27 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
28 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
29 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
30 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
31 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
32 Stevens Point Brewery (r) Stevens Point WI
33 August Schell Brewing Co (s) New Ulm MN
33 Long Trail Brewing Co (t) Bridgewater Corners VT
35 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
36 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
37 Shipyard Brewing Co (u) Portland ME
38 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
39 Rogue Ales Newport OR
40 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
41 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
42 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
43 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
44 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
45 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
46 Green Flash Brewing Co (v) San Diego CA
47 Tröegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
48 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
49 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
50 Pittsburgh Brewing Co (w) Pittsburgh PA

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