Top 50 Breweries of 2014, by Sales Volume


The Brewers Association just released its list of of Top 50 Breweries of 2014, based on sales volume. The list comes in two flavors (both shown below in their entirety).  The first list is for craft brewers only. To be clear, that is "craft" as defined by the Brewers Association.  See footnote 1 for the definition. The second list shows all brewers (including non-craft).

While the list is always interesting, the changes from the previous year are most intriguing. Here's what I observed when comparing (the craft list) from last year:

  • Last year's list showed how each brewery changed in rank vs. the prior year. This Rank Change metric was omitted this year.
  • D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. sits atop the craft brewers list. How did they perform last year? They weren't even on the list! How did that happen? It has to do with changes in the definition of craft. If you want more details, read Jason Notte's explanation
  • Notable Gainers in '14 vs. '13:
    • 21st Amendment  (+9)
    • Allagash  (+5)
    • Founders  (+9)
    • Long Trail (+8)
    • Stevens Point  (+9) 
    • Uinta  (+8)
  • Notable Decliners in '14 vs '13:
    • Abita  (-6)
    • Breckenridge  (-10)
    • Full Sail  (-8)
    • Lost Coast  (-6)
    • Ninkasi  (-6)
    • Rogue  (-5)
    • Shipyard  (-11)
    • Summit  (-5)
  • New to the list in 2014:  Minhas Craft Brewery, August Schell, Green Flash, Narragansett, Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries
  • Gone from the list in 2014:  Cold Spring Brewing Co., Blue Point (assimilated by AB), Sixpoint, BJ's Brewery, North Coast.

Given the rapid growth in craft beer, I expect breweries need to maintain strong growth just to maintain their positions on the list. It's a good time to be in craft beerhowever you define it!


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Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014

Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (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, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”  

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies
(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

Rank
Brewing Company
City
State
1
D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc
Pottsville
PA
2
Boston Beer Co
Boston
MA
3
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Chico
CA
4
New Belgium Brewing Co
Fort Collins
CO
5
Gambrinus
Shiner
TX
6
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Petaluma
CA
7
Bell's Brewery, Inc
Galesburg
MI
8
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
9
Stone Brewing Co
Escondido
CA
10
Minhas Craft Brewery
Monroe
WI
11
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
12
Duvel Moortgat USA
Kansas City & Cooperstown
MO/NY
13
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
14
Matt Brewing Co
Utica
NY
15
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
16
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Paso Robles
CA
17
Founders Brewing Co
Grand Rapids
MI
18
SweetWater Brewing Co
Atlanta
GA
19
New Glarus Brewing Co
New Glarus
WI
20
Alaskan Brewing Co
Juneau
AK
21
Abita Brewing Co
Abita Springs
LA
22
Anchor Brewing Co
San Francisco
CA
23
Great Lakes Brewing Co
Cleveland
OH
24
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
25
Shipyard Brewing Co
Portland
ME
26
Stevens Point Brewery Co
Stevens Point
WI
27
August Schell Brewing Co
New Ulm
MN
28
Summit Brewing Co
Saint Paul
MN
29
Victory Brewing Co
Downingtown
PA
30
Long Trail Brewing Co
Bridgewater Corners
VT
31
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
San Diego
CA
32
Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters
Newport
OR
33
Full Sail Brewing Co
Hood River
OR
34
Odell Brewing Co
Fort Collins
CO
35
Southern Tier Brewing Co
Lakewood
NY
36
Ninkasi Brewing Co
Eugene
OR
37
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
38
Uinta Brewing Co
Salt Lake City
UT
39
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Cloverdale
CA
40
Left Hand Brewing Company
Longmont
CO
41
21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
San Francisco
CA
42
Allagash Brewing Co
Portland
ME
43
Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe
Eureka
CA
44
Troegs Brewing Co
Hershey
PA
45
Karl Strauss Brewing Co
San Diego
CA
46
Saint Arnold Brewing Co
Houston
TX
47
Narragansett Brewing Co
Providence
RI
48
Green Flash Brewing Co
San Diego
CA
49
Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc
Chattanooga & Louisville
TN/CO
50
Breckenridge Brewery
Denver
CO


Top 50 Overall U.S. Brewing Companies2
(Based on 2014 beer sales volume)

Rank
Company
City
State
1
Anheuser-Busch, Inc (a)
St. Louis
MO
2
Miller Coors (b)
Chicago
IL
3
Pabst Brewing Co (c)
Los Angeles
CA
4
D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc
Pottsville
PA
5
Boston Beer Co (d)
Boston
MA
6
North American Breweries (e)
Rochester
NY
7
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Chico
CA
8
New Belgium Brewing Co
Fort Collins
CO
9
Craft Brew Alliance (f)
Portland
OR
10
Gambrinus (g)
Shiner
TX
11
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Petaluma
CA
12
Bell's Brewery, Inc (h)
Galesburg
MI
13
Deschutes Brewery
Bend
OR
14
Stone Brewing Co
Escondido
CA
15
Sleeman Brewing Co (i)
LaCrosse
WI
16
Minhas Craft Brewery (j)
Monroe
WI
17
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn
NY
18
Duvel Moortgat USA (k)
Kansas City & Cooperstown
MO/NY
19
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton
DE
20
Matt Brewing Co (l)
Utica
NY
21
Harpoon Brewery
Boston
MA
22
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Paso Robles
CA
23
Founders Brewing Co
Grand Rapids
MI
24
SweetWater Brewing Co
Atlanta
GA
25
New Glarus Brewing Co
New Glarus
WI
26
Alaskan Brewing Co
Juneau
AK
27
Abita Brewing Co
Abita Springs
LA
28
Anchor Brewing Co
San Francisco
CA
29
Great Lakes Brewing Co
Cleveland
OH
30
Oskar Blues Brewery
Longmont
CO
31
Shipyard Brewing Co (m)
Portland
ME
32
Stevens Point Brewery Co (n)
Stevens Point
WI
33
August Schell Brewing Co (o)
New Ulm
MN
34
Summit Brewing Co
Saint Paul
MN
35
Victory Brewing Co
Downingtown
PA
36
Long Trail Brewing Co (p)
Bridgewater Corners
VT
37
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
San Diego
CA
38
Rogue Ales Brewery & Headquarters
Newport
OR
39
Full Sail Brewing Co
Hood River
OR
40
Odell Brewing Co
Fort Collins
CO
41
Southern Tier Brewing Co
Lakewood
NY
42
Ninkasi Brewing Co
Eugene
OR
43
World Brews/Winery Exchange (q)
Novato
CA
44
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick
MD
45
Pittsburgh Brewing Co (r)
Pittsburgh
PA
46
Uinta Brewing Co
Salt Lake City
UT
47
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Cloverdale
CA
48
Left Hand Brewing Company
Longmont
CO
49
21st Amendment Brewery Cafe
San Francisco
CA
50
Allagash Brewing Co
Portland
OR

The Association's full 2014 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 2015.

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association’s craft brewing statistics for 2014.

1 An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. SmallAnnual 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. IndependentLess 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. TraditionalA 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.

2 Top 50 U.S. Overall Brewing Companies notes: (a) includes Bass, Beck’s, Blue Point, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island, Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (b) includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Miller and Tenth & Blake brands; (c) includes Pabst, Schlitz and 28+ other brand families; (d) includes Alchemy & Science and Sam Adams brands. Does not include Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard brands; (e) includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Magic Hat and Pyramid brands; (f) includes Kona, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands; (g) includes BridgePort, Shiner and Trumer brands; (h) includes Bell’s and Upper Hand brands; (i) includes Sleeman and Sapporo brands; (j) includes Mountain Crest and 10 other brand families; (k) includes Boulevard and Ommegang brands; (l) includes Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands; (m) includes Casco Bay, Sea Dog and Shipyard brands; (n) includes James Page, Point and Whole Hog brands; (o) includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands; (p) includes Long Trail, Otter Creek, The Shed and Wolaver’s brands; (q) private label brands, primarily for grocery store chains; (r) includes Iron City and 17 other brand families.

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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.