Brewing ‘Tigers’

The Brewers Association has rolled out a “Tiger List” for 2005: the top 10 craft brewers ranked by a combination of size and 2004 growth percentage.

Widmer Brothers Brewing in Oregon heads the list, followed by Pyramid Breweries (Washington), New Belgium Brewing (Colorado), Boulevard Brewing (Missouri), Deschutes Brewery (Oregon), Kalamazoo Brewing (Michigan), Magic Hat Brewing (Vermont), Harpoon Brewery (Massachusetts), Rogue Ales (Oregon) and Kona Brewery (Hawaii).

“Displaying aggressive growth, the entire craft beer industry shows the traits of a tiger right now,” said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association. “Nationwide, we have strong craft beer brands that show impressive growth performance.”

Each year the Brewers Association collects volume sales information from the country