The Brewers Association—has released their annual list of the top 50 brewing companies in the United States by production. While the Brewers Association only represents small and independent American brewers, this list is of the overall top 50, of which 40 were small and independents. The top 50 also comes with the caveat that the numbers were based on 2019 beer sales volume and things are already changing rapidly with the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Although 2020 will be a markedly different year than 2019 for the craft brewing market, these companies are well positioned to help the craft category weather the current market uncertainty and rebound with the flavor, variety, and innovation that beer lovers have come to expect from small brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.
A State of the Industry report will be presented via webinar in mid-April. The Brewers Association’s full 2019 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 2020.
1 FIGURE BASED ON COMPANIES THAT MET THE CRAFT BREWER DEFINITION FOR ALL OR PART OF 2019. AN AMERICAN CRAFT BREWER IS A SMALL AND INDEPENDENT BREWER. 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. BREWER: HAS A TTB BREWER’S NOTICE AND MAKES BEER.
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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding.