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Apr 15, 2008 -

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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 Café Eureka CA

38 Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula MT

39 Pete's Brewing Co. San Antonio TX

40 Otter Creek Brewing Co. Middlebury VT

41 Karl Strauss Breweries San Diego CA

42 Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO

43 Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Chattanooga TN

44 Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Boonville CA

45 Boulder Beer Co. Boulder CO

46 North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Bragg CA

47 McMenamins Portland OR

48 Utah Brewers Cooperative Salt Lake City UT

49 Capital Brewing Co. Middleton WI

50 Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume (2007 sales)

Rank Business Name City State

1 Anheuser- Busch Inc. St. Louis MO

2 Miller Brewing Co. Milwaukee WI

3 Coors Brewing Co. Golden CO

4 Pabst Brewing Co. Woodridge IL

5 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA

6 D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. Pottsville PA

7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA

8 New Belgium Brewing Co. Inc. Fort Collins CO

9 High Falls Brewing Co. Rochester NY

10 Spoetzl Brewery Shiner TX

11 Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. Portland OR

12 Redhook Ale Brewery Woodinville WA

13 Pyramid Breweries Inc. Seattle WA

14 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY

15 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI

16 Deschutes Brewery, Inc. Bend OR

17 Iron City Brewing Co. Pittsburgh PA

18 Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO

19 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR

20 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA

21 Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co. Juneau AK

22 Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Performing Arts Center South Burlington VT

23 Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA

24 Bell's Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI

25 Goose Island Beer Co. Chicago IL

26 August Schell Brewing Co. New Ulm MN

27 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME

28 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN

29 Mendocino Brewing Co. Ukiah CA

30 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA

31 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. San Jose CA

32 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY

33 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA

34 Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Newport OR

35 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT

36 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI

37 Kona Brewing Co. Kailua-Kona HI

38 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE

39 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA

40 Great Lakes Brewing Co./Ohio Cleveland OH

41 The Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA

42 Flying Dog Brewery Denver CO

43 Sweetwater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA

44 Bridgeport Brewing Co. Portland OR

45 Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants Louisville CO

46 Gluek Brewing Co. Cold Spring MN

47 Straub Brewery St. Mary's PA

48 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO

49 BJ's Restaurant & Brewery Huntington Beach CA

50 Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA


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