Top 50 Breweries

Here is an interesting article I ran across:

You see beer commercials all over the place. You probably even have your favorite, especially if you’re a chest pounding, sports watching brute of a he-man. The only thing you really care about is getting your hands on a nice cold brew. But did you ever sit down and wonder who the top beer manufacturers actually are? Of course not. That’s why you’re reading what’s about to follow as we reveal the top beer manufacturers in the world today.

The top five beer manufacturers have quite a few surprises, especially for those of you who are glued to your TV and see nothing but ads for Bud, Bud Light, Miller Light, Molson, Schlitz and the whole cast of characters that follow one bad B-Movie after another.

Well, would it surprise you to know that the fifth largest beer manufacturer in the world is Inbev? Who? You heard right. This worldwide company comes in at number five. They own a ton of premium brands like Beck’s. Ah, yes, now you know who they are. They also manufacture a few specialty brands like Belle-Vue. Okay, so maybe you’re not so familiar with that one. This company sells most of their beer in America, Europe and Asia.

Coming in at number 4 on the hit parade of brews is Scottish & Newcastle. In case you’re not familiar with them, they actually make a lot of other drinks besides beer, including water, cider and even soft drinks. Talk about diversifying. Their main markets are in the United Kingdom and Europe. They export their beer to over 60 countries. Their main base of operations is in Edinburgh.

The third largest beer manufacturer in the world is one you have probably heard of. The company is Heineken. This company is literally all over the place, operating in over 170 countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and even Asia. What most people don’t know is that Heineken also manufactures many soft drinks and other non alcoholic beverages. The company operates out of Amsterdam and employs more than 60,000 people.

Just missing the top spot is a company by the name of Asahi. Asahi is all over the world, literally. There is hardly a county in which they don’t operate. Their main beer is Asahi Super Dry. You may not have heard of it but it’s the number two seller behind the company we’re about to reveal. This company also makes soft drinks and nutritional supplements. And if you think beer and Japan don’t go together, then you better think again because that’s just where the headquarters of this giant resides.

And finally, we get to the number 1 beer manufacturer in the world and this should come as no surprise to anyone who’s ever walked into a bar or just watch a little TV. The Anheuser-Busch brewery is the number 1 beer making company, not only in the United States, but all over the world. It’s Budweiser brands are known by all.

Even though they operate mostly in the United States, they own 50% of Mexico’s leading brewer and 27% of the top brewer in China.

Yes, Anheuser-Busch, or Budweiser, really IS the king of beers.

Just like it says on the commercial.

Written by Michael Russell
© Copyright 2008 All rights reserved

Now, just the facts Jack

Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Breweries List

Boulder, Colorado – April 7, 2008 – The Brewers Association, which tabulates industry growth data, announced its annual list of the top fifty brewing companies. Released are both a Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies1 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. (Based on 2007 sales)
Brewers Association 736 Pearl St. Boulder, Colorado 80302 USA 888.822.6273 (U.S./Canada Only) / +1.303.447.0816

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

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

Brewers Association Top 50 List 2

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)

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

Brewers Association Top 50 List 3

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

For more statistics visit the updated 2007 Craft Beer Industry Statistics Web page. A more extensive analysis of statistics on the craft beer segment in 2007 will be released April 17 during the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego, California. The Association’s full 2007 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, is published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer.
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1 The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 2 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.
Based in Boulder, Colo., U.S.A., the Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade and education association for American craft brewers and the community of beer enthusiasts. Visit the to learn more. The association’s activities include events and publishing: World Beer Cup®; Great American Beer Festival sm ; Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America®; National Homebrewers Conference; National Homebrew Competition; American Craft Beer Week (May); Zymurgy magazine; The New Brewer magazine; and books on beer and brewing. The Brewers Association has an additional membership division of 15,000+ homebrewers: American Homebrewers Association.

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