Seven Northwest Craft Breweries Rank In Brewers Association Top 50 List

April 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment · General Beer News, Oregon Breweries, Washington Breweries

The Brewers Association released their annual list reporting on the top 50 brewing companies in the U.S. by sales volume (2009 volume). They released two lists: one reporting on the top 50 craft brewing companies, and one reporting on the top 50 overall brewing companies. The Northwest (including WA, OR, MT, & AK) has 7 companies in the craft brewers list, and 8 companies in the top 50 overall brewers list. One thing that sticks out to me every year when this list is released is that Mac & Jack’s is the only draft-only, non-chain company to make the list. Many of these companies are included in large part due to their bottle/can distribution, but Mac & Jack’s is on there because they dominate with tap handles in the Seattle and Washington market. It is pretty impressive what they have built up.

These are the 7 Northwest companies ranked in the top 50 Craft Brewing Companies list:
Pyramid Breweries – Seattle, WA – 5th largest craft; 12th largest overall
Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR – 6th largest craft; 13th largest overall
Alaskan Brewing – Juneau, AK – 11th largest craft; 18th largest overall
Full Sail Brewing Company – Hood River, OR – 14th largest craft; 22nd largest overall
Rogue Ales – Newport, OR – 24th largest craft; 34th largest overall
Big Sky Brewing – Missoula, MT – 37th largest craft; 49th largest overall
Mac and Jack’s Brewery – Redmond, WA – 39th largest craft; 51st largest overall

Craft Brewers Alliance, which includes Redhook and Widmer, does not qualify as a craft brewery per the Brewers Association definition, but they rank as the 8th largest brewery on the overall list.

You can visit the Brewers Association website for the complete lists.

Here are some additional interesting facts from the Brewers Association:

  • Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2009 was 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars compared to growth in 2008 of 5.9% by volume and 10.1% by dollars.
  • Craft brewers sold an estimated 9,115,635 barrels* of beer in 2009, up from 8,501,713 in 2008.
  • Overall, US beer sales were down 2.2% in 2009.
  • Imported beer sales were down 9.8% in 2009, equating to a loss of 2.8 million barrels.
  • The craft brewing sales share in 2009 was 4.3% by volume and 6.9% by dollars.
  • Craft brewer retail dollar value in 2009 was an estimated $6.98 billion, up from $6.32 billion in 2008.
  • 1,595 breweries operated for some or all of 2009, the highest total since before Prohibition.

* 1 barrel = 31 US gallons


One Comment so far ↓

  • Alan Moen

    I really have a problem with the BA definition of craft brewery, as I’ve written before when they changed it. If CBA (Redhook/Widmer) is not a craft brewer because of their one-third ownership by A-B/InBev, why is Full Sail also not excluded, since 35 percent of the beer they make is for SABMiller/Coors? (Sorry, Henry’s is NOT a craft beer.)
    I don’t like the obvious politics in this decision (which also excludes Ommegang from the list, by the way, because of its foreign ownership). Let’s face it — larger craft breweries are jealous of CBA having the A-B distribution system, the best in the U.S.

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