Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2015

(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, 43 were craft
brewing companies.¹

“The top U.S. brewers continue to drive demand, growth, innovation and
exponential interest in beers from small and independent brewers,” said
Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “With a historic
record number of breweries in U.S., the top brewers continue to open new
markets and expose beer drinkers to a variety of fuller-flavored styles
and offerings.”

High Resolution Graphics Here

Map of Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies Here

The Association’s full 2015 industry analysis, which shows regional
trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the
May/June issue of The
New Brewer
, available in May 2016.

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association’s annual
craft brewing industry growth report
for 2015.

1 Figure based on companies that met craft brewer definition
for all or part of 2015. 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.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association
dedicated to small
and independent 
American brewers, their beers and the community
of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more
than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than
99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events
including the World
Beer CupSM
American Beer Festival®
Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®
An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
, Homebrew
, National
Homebrew Competition
 and American
Craft Beer Week
®. The BA publishes The
New Brewer
magazine and its Brewers
 division is the largest publisher of contemporary and
relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft
beer at and
about homebrewing via the BA’s American
Homebrewers Association
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The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,
religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or
marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive
Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the
Secretary of Labor.


On behalf of the Brewers Association
Abby Berman Cohen,