(Boulder, CO) – The Brewers Association (BA) – the nonprofit trade group representing small, independent craft brewers – today released its annual lists of the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies and Global Brewing Companies. in the United States, based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 beer companies, 40 were small independent craft beer companies.1
“Although the market has become more competitive, especially for regional craft breweries with the widest distribution, these 50 small independent breweries continue to dominate the craft brewing market in terms of sales thanks to strong brands, quality and innovation,” said Bart Watson, Chief Economist, Brewers Association.
For a complete list of brewery brands, please visit the Brewers Association website.
A comprehensive report on the state of the industry will be presented during the Craft Brewers Conference 2019, held April 8-11 in Denver, Colorado. The association’s comprehensive 2018 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The new breweravailable in May 2019.
1 Figure based on companies that met the craft brewer definition for all or part of 2018. An American craft brewer is a small independent brewer. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (about 3% of annual sales in the United States). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternate ownership. Independent: less than 25% of the craft brewer is owned or controlled (or an equivalent economic interest) by a member of the beverage alcohol industry who is not themselves a craft brewer. Brewer: Has a TTB brewer rating and makes beer.
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