Earlier this week, US trade organisation The Brewers Association released its latest annual brewing figures, showing the largest brewers and craft brewers in the country in volume terms. Here’s the list of the top 50 craft brewers.
Family-owned DG Yuengling & Son was the country's biggest craft brewer last year, according to BA figures. The Pennsylvania-headquartered company, which is the oldest operating brewer in the US, retained the top spot on the list from last year, ahead of The Boston Beer Co, Sierra Nevada and Duvel Moortgat USA.
Also featuring in the top ten are Bell’s Brewery (recently acquired by Kirin’s Holding's Lion subsidiary) and Monster Beverage Corp’s CANarchy craft beer collective. The former was included in last year's list on the basis that production took place pre-acquisition, while CANarchy will continue to feature on account of Monster not producing any alcoholic drinks of its own.
The BA defines a craft brewer as one that produces 7m hectolitres of beer or less per year and is not more than 25% owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage company that is not itself a craft brewer.