BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 companies.
The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry
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.
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.
1An 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 tosmall 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 theWorld Beer Cup,Great American Beer Festival,Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America,SAVOR : An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew CompetitionandAmerican Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and itsBrewers Publicationsdivision is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today s craft brewers and homebrewers.
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.
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