Top 50 Breweries for 2006

The Brewers Association has just announced the top 50 breweries in the U.S. based on sales for 2006. Here is the new list:

  1. Anheuser-Busch; St Louis MO
  2. Miller Brewing; Milwaukee WI
  3. Coors Brewing; Golden CO
  4. Pabst Brewing; Woodridge IL
  5. Boston Beer Co.; Boston MA
  6. D. G. Yuengling and Son; Pottsville PA
  7. Sierra Nevada Brewing; Chico CA
  8. Gambrinus; San Antonio TX
  9. New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  10. High Falls Brewing; Rochester NY
  11. Widmer Brothers Brewing; Portland OR
  12. Redhook Ale Brewery; Woodinville WA
  13. Pittsburgh Brewing; Pittsburgh PA
  14. Pyramid Breweries; Seattle WA
  15. Minhas Craft Brewery; Monroe WI
  16. Matt Brewing; Utica NY
  17. Deschutes Brewery; Bend OR
  18. Boulevard Brewing; Kansas City MO
  19. Alaskan Brewing; Juneau AK
  20. The Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA
  21. Full Sail Brewing; Hood River OR
  22. Anchor Brewing; San Francisco CA
  23. Kona Brewing; Kailua-Kona HI
  24. Magic Hat Brewing Company; South Burlington VT
  25. Gordon Biersch Brewing; San Jose CA
  26. Bell’s Brewery; Galesburg MI
  27. Summit Brewing; Saint Paul MN
  28. August Schell Brewing; New Ulm MN
  29. Shipyard Brewing; Portland ME
  30. Mendocino Brewing; Ukiah CA
  31. Goose Island Beer; Chicago IL
  32. Abita Brewing; New Orleans LA
  33. Long Trail Brewing; Bridgewater Corners VT
  34. Brooklyn Brewery; Brooklyn NY
  35. New Glarus Brewing; New Glarus WI
  36. Rogue Ales; Newport OR
  37. Stone Brewing; Escondido CA
  38. Stevens Point Brewery; Stevens Point WI
  39. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants; Louisville CO
  40. Firestone Walker Brewing; Paso Robles CA
  41. Great Lakes Brewing; Cleveland OH
  42. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Lewes DE
  43. Straub Brewery; Saint Mary’s PA
  44. Lagunitas Brewing; Petaluma CA
  45. Flying Dog Brewery; Denver CO
  46. Sweetwater Brewing; Atlanta GA
  47. Odell Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  48. Mac and Jack’s Brewery; Redmond WA
  49. Big Sky Brewing; Missoula MT
  50. Otter Creek Brewing; Middlebury VT

From the press release:

The Brewers Association, which tabulates industry growth data, reports that in 2006 77.7% of the craft beer produced was made from the top 50 craft brewing companies. Additionally, 34 out of the top 50 brewing companies in the U.S meet the Brewers Association’s definition of a craft brewer.

“Beer made by small, independent and traditional breweries is definitely an American success story,” states Paul Gatza, Director of the Brewers Association. “There’s a change in lifestyle going on. People are trading up and that is what is creating such strong demand for craft beer”.

With just under 1400 small breweries the segment eclipsed 6.7 million barrels in 2006. The fastest growing craft beer sector in 2006 was microbreweries (those under 15,000 barrels a year). Sales were up 16%, showing customer support for local breweries. Total craft beer industry sales have grown 31.5% over the last 3 years an early 2007 indicators point toward accelerating sales growth.

“If you Google craft beer you’ll see more press coverage than ever before. This is because beers from craft breweries provide diversity and flavor and that’s what people want,” stated Julia Herz, a spokesperson for the Brewers Association.

Twenty-two states are represented in the top 50 brewing companies list, according to the Brewers Association. California hosts (7) top breweries. Colorado has (5) and Oregon and Wisconsin each host (4) top producers. The remainder of the top 50 operate from New York (3), Pennsylvania (3), Vermont (3), Washington (3), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri (2), Alaska (1) , Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (1).

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