Earlier this week, US trade body The Brewers Association released a list of the largest brewers in the country in volume terms. Here is a list of the top 50. Last year, craft brewers accounted for 39 of the top 50 overall brewing companies, up from 36 in 2011.

Click here, meanwhile, for a list of the top 50 craft brewers operating in the US.

Top 50 Overall US Brewing Companies, based on 2012 sales volume

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch Inc St. Louis MO
2 MillerCoors Chicago IL
3 Pabst Brewing Co Los Angeles CA
4 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc Pottsville PA
5 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
6 North American Breweries Rochester NY
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
8 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
9 Craft Brew Alliance, Inc Portland OR
10 The Gambrinus Co San Antonio TX
11 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
12 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
13 Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
14 Bell's Brewery, Inc Galesburg MI
15 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
16 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
17 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
18 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
19 Boulevard Brewing Co Kansas City MO
20 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
21 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
22 World Brews/Winery Exchange Novato CA
23 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
24 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
25 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
26 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
27 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
28 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
29 Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
30 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
31 Rogue Ales Newport OR
32 Summit Brewing Co St. Paul MN
= 33 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
= 33 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
35 Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
36 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
37 Pittsburgh Brewing Co Pittsburgh PA
38 Mendocino Brewing Co Ukiah CA
39 Cold Spring Brewing Co/ Third Street Brewhouse Cold Spring MN
40 Flying Dog Brewery Fredrick MD
41 Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
42 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
43 CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants, Inc Chattanooga & Louisville TN/CO
44 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
45 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
46 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
47 Blue Point Brewing Co Patchogue NY
48 Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
49 Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe Eureka CA
50 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA

Source: Brewers Association

The Brewers Association's full 2012 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of its member magazine, The New Brewer, available from 17 May.