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The Top 50 Craft Breweries

By Jay Brooks
Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at 10:09 am in On Beer.

The Brewers Association, a trade group for small breweries, just announced their annual list of the top 50 craft breweries in the U.S. based on sales, by volume, for 2009. The full list is below, with the California breweries italicized. Eleven of the 50 breweries on the list, or over 20%, are from California.


  1. Boston Beer Co.; Boston MA
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing; Chico CA
  3. New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  4. Spoetzl Brewery (Gambrinus); Spoetzl TX
  5. Pyramid Breweries; Seattle WA
  6. Deschutes Brewery; Bend OR
  7. Matt Brewing; Utica NY
  8. Magic Hat Brewing Company; Burlington VT
  9. Boulevard Brewing; Kansas City MO
  10. Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA
  11. Alaskan Brewing; Juneau AK
  12. Bell’s Brewery; Galesburg MI
  13. Kona Brewing; Kailua-Kona HI
  14. Full Sail Brewing; Hood River OR
  15. Stone Brewing; Escondido CA
  16. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Lewes DE
  17. Brooklyn Brewery; Brooklyn NY
  18. Abita Brewing; New Orleans LA
  19. Summit Brewing; Saint Paul MN
  20. Anchor Brewing; San Francisco CA
  21. Shipyard Brewing; Portland ME
  22. New Glarus Brewing; New Glarus WI
  23. Great Lakes Brewing; Cleveland OH
  24. Rogue Ales/Oregon Brewing; Newport OR
  25. Long Trail Brewing; Bridgewater Corners VT
  26. Lagunitas Brewing; Petaluma CA
  27. Gordon Biersch Brewing; San Jose CA
  28. Sweetwater Brewing; Atlanta GA
  29. Firestone Walker Brewing; Paso Robles CA
  30. Victory Brewing; Downingtown PA
  31. Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick MD
  32. BJs Restaurant & Brewery; Huntington Beach CA
  33. Odell Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  34. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants; Louisville CO
  35. Bridgeport Brewing; Portland OR
  36. Lost Coast Brewery; Eureka CA
  37. Big Sky Brewing; Missoula MT
  38. Stevens Point Brewing; Stevens Point WI
  39. Mac and Jack’s Brewery; Redmond WA
  40. Karl Strauss Breweries; San Diego CA
  41. The Saint Louis Brewery; St Louis MO
  42. Blue Point Brewing; Patchogue NY
  43. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants; Chattanooga TN
  44. Oskar Blues Brewery; Longmont CO
  45. North Coast Brewing; Fort Bragg CA
  46. Breckenridge Brewery; Denver CO
  47. Utah Brewers Cooperative; Salt Lake City UT
  48. Saint Arnold Brewing; Houston TX
  49. Boulder Beer; Boulder CO
  50. Bear Republic Brewing; Cloverdale CA

Four breweries are new to the Top 50 Craft Breweries list; Bear Republic Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing and Stevens Point. In addition, four dropped off the list; Otter Creek Brewing, Pete’s Brewing, McMenamins and Anderson Valley Brewing. Here is the press release from Brewers Association.

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  • Jimbo

    Where is Surly from MN?

  • jbrookston

    Simple, they didn’t make the cut. They’re annual production places them below the Top 50. They do, as you no doubt know, make some great beers.

  • Best Home Paper Shredder

    Couple that are within a day’s drive. Thanks for the list.