Craft Five-O

The Brewers Association announced its annual list of the top fifty brewing companies. Released are both a Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies list and a list of the Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies. Statistics are based on sales in 2007.

“The majority of breweries in the U.S. are independent craft brewers who continue to push the envelope in flavor and diversity and who continue to set the pace for the beer category,” states Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association. “In 2007, 1,406 of the 1,449 breweries were small, independent and traditional brewers.”

Twenty-one states are represented in the top 50 brewing companies list, according to the Brewers Association. California hosts eight top breweries. Colorado and Oregon each host five, and Pennsylvania hosts four top producers. The remainder of the top 50 operate from Minnesota (3), New York (3), Wisconsin (3), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (2), Vermont (2), and Washington (2). Alaska, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas each host one.
The following are complete listings of the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies and the Top 50 Overall Brewing companies.

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume (Based on 2007 sales)
Rank Business Name City State
1 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
2 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
3 New Belgium Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Collins CO
4 Spoetzl Brewery Shiner TX
5 Pyramid Breweries Inc. Seattle WA
6 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
7 Deschutes Brewery, Inc. Bend OR
8 Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
9 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
10 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
11 Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co. Juneau AK
12 Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Performing Arts Center South Burlington VT
13 Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
14 Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
15 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
16 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
17 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
18 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA
19 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
20 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
21 Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Newport OR
22 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
23 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
24 Kona Brewing Co. Kailua-Kona HI
25 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
26 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
27 Great Lakes Brewing Co./Ohio Cleveland OH
28 The Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
29 Flying Dog Brewery Denver CO
30 Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
31 Bridgeport Brewing Co. Portland OR
32 Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants Louisville CO
33 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
34 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery Huntington Beach CA
35 Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA
36 Mac and Jack’s Brewery Redmond WA
37 Lost Coast Brewery and Caf