Brewers Association Announces Top 50 Craft Breweries by Volume for 2014

March 31st, 2015 · 2 Comments · General Beer News

Here is continued evidence that you have to come to Washington to drink the best of what our breweries have to offer. The Brewers Association just released their list of the Top 50 Craft Breweries by Volume for 2014, and not surprisingly, there are no Washington breweries on the list.

They also list the Top 50 Overall Breweries, which includes North American Breweries (Pyramid), Craft Brew Alliance (Redhook) and Anheuser-Busch (Elysian). You can see their definition of what qualifies as a craft brewery at the bottom of this post.

Here is the press release and full list from the Brewers Association:

Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.


2 Comments so far ↓

  • Bob Payne

    So, basically, everybody’s a craft brewer except Bud, Coors and Pabst? Maybe the distinction needs to boil down to whether something is widely distributed or not.

  • blackhook

    wow Bell’s passed Deschutes! …good for them! Did I hear you say we might be getting Bell’s here soon?

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