The fastest-growing US craft brewers in 2017 - The facts

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Earlier this week, US trade body The Brewers Association released a chart of the 50 fastest-growing craft brewers in the country. The chart is the first in what the BA plans to be an annual list.

Median growth from 2016 to 2017 for these breweries was 216%, the BA said, while the median size of breweries on the list went from 284 barrels in 2016 to 963 barrels in 2017. 

"With 5% growth overall for small and independent brewers in 2017 and microbreweries and brewpubs delivering the majority of that, we wanted to spotlight some of the breweries driving that growth," said The BA's chief economist Bart Watson. "As the growth base for craft becomes more diffuse, these fast-growing brewing companies illustrate that a diverse set of success stories still exist."

Brewing CompanyLocation
1CraftRoots Brewing CoMilford, MA
2GoatHouse Brewing CoLincoln, CA
3Crowded Castle Brewing CoPhoenixville, PA
4Idyll Hounds Brewing CoSanta Rosa Beach, FL
5Royal Docks Brewing CoCanton, OH
6Draper BrewingTenmile, OR
7Mastry's Brewing CoSt Pete Beach, FL
8Novo Brazil Brewing CoChula Vista, CA
9Bruehol Brewing CoBenicia, CA
10Lumber House Brewing CoMaple Valley, WA
11Whalers Brewing CoWakefield, RI
12Paddle Hard BrewingGrayling, MI
13Beech Mountain Brewing CoBeech Mountain, NC
14Dragon's Gate BreweryMilton Freewater, OR
15New American Brewing CoAnkeny, IA
16Florida Keys Brewing CoIslamorada, FL
17War Horse Brewing CoGeneva, NY
18Keg Creek Brewing CoGlenwood, IA
19Wolf Tree BrewerySeal Rock, OR
20HopstersNewton, MA
21Gate City Brewing CoRoswell, GA
2256 BrewingMinneapolis, MN
23The Brewery at BacchusNew Paltz, NY
24Snow Eagle BrewingIdaho Falls, ID
25Vanish Farmwoods BreweryLeesburg, VA
26Pacific Plate Brewing CoMonrovia, CA
27Long Wooden Spoon BrewingAmarillo, TX
28Bay City Brewing CoSan Diego, CA
29Lupulin BrewingBig Lake, MN
30Donum Dei BreweryNew Albany, IN
31Brazos Valley Brewing CoBrenham, TX
32Frost Beer WorksHinesburg, VT
33The Shop Beer CoTempe, AZ
34Darwin Brewing CoBradenton, FL
35Platform Beer CoCleveland, OH
361940s Brewing CoHolbrook, NY
37Device Brewing CoSacramento, CA
38Nano 108 Brewing CoColorado Springs, CO
39Blasted Barley Beer CoTempe, AZ
40Beaver Island Brewing CoSaint Cloud, MN
41Bearpaw River Brewing CoWasilla, AK
42Steel Bonnet Brewng CoBoulder Creek, CA
43Gnarly Barley BrewingHammond, LA
44Ellison Brewery & SpiritsEast Lansing, MI
45Big Lick Brewing CoRoanoke, VA
46Melvin BrewingAlpine, WY
47Fair Winds Brewing CoLorton, VA
48Barrel Mountain BrewingBattle Ground, WA
4938 State BrewingLittleton, CO
50Hutton & Smith Brewing CoChattanooga, TN

Source: Brewers Association

Methodology: The chart includes only small and independent breweries with all of their production at their own facilities. Breweries had to have opened by the end of 2015 or earlier to be considered. It only includes breweries that reported to the Brewers Association's annual Beer Industry Production Survey; breweries with staff estimates or data from state excise tax reports were not considered. Finally, breweries must have had data from at least three years to be considered.

The Brewers Association's definition of a craft brewer is:

  • Small - Annual production of 6m barrels of beer or less (about 3% of US annual sales)
  • Independent - Less than 25% owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer, and
  • Traditional - A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavour derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation.

Top US Brewers in 2017 - The facts

Sectors: Beer & cider

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