Earlier this week, US trade body The Brewers Association released a list of the largest craft brewers in the country in volume terms. Here is a list of the top 50. Head over here for a list of the overall top 50 brewers operating in the US.

Top 50 US Craft Brewing Companies, based on 2012 sales volumes

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
2 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
3 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
4 The Gambrinus Co San Antonio TX
5 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
6 Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
7 Bell's Brewery, Inc Galesburg MI
8 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
9 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
10 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
11 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12 Boulevard Brewing Co Kansas City MO
13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
14 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
15 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
16 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
17 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
18 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
19 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
20 Firestone Walker Brewing Co Paso Robles CA
21 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
22 Rogue Ales Newport OR
23 Summit Brewing Co St. Paul MN
= 24 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
= 24 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
26 Victory Brewing Co Downingtown PA
27 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
28 Cold Spring Brewing Co/ Third Street Brewhouse Cold Spring MN
29 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
30 Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
31 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
32 CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc Chattanooga & Louisville TN/CO
33 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
34 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
35 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
36 Blue Point Brewing Co Patchogue NY
37 Southern Tier Brewing Co Lakewood NY
38 Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe Eureka CA
39 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
40 BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc Huntington Beach CA
41 Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO
42 North Coast Brewing Co Fort Bragg CA
43 Left Hand Brewing Co Longmont CO
44 St. Louis Brewery, Inc/ Schlafly Beers St. Louis MO
45 Saint Arnold Brewing Co Houston TX
46 Ballast Point Brewing Co San Diego CA
47 Big Sky Brewing Co Missoula MT
48 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
49 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
50 Tröegs Brewing Co Hershey PA

Source: Brewers Association

The Brewers Association's full 2012 industry analysis, which looks at 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.