The Boston Beer Co.pany has been rated as the largest craft brewing company in the US, according to recent research.

The Brewers Association, which yesterday (7 April) released its annual lists of the top 50 craft brewing companies and the top 50 overall brewing companies, said that Boston Beer led the craft field in sales volumes last year.

"The majority of breweries in the US are independent craft brewers who continue to push the envelope in flavour and diversity and who continue to set the pace for the beer category," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. "In 2007, 1,406 of the 1,449 breweries were small, independent and traditional brewers."

Anheuser-Busch held the top spot in the chart of overall brewers by sales volume, ahead of Mller Brewing and Coors Brewing.

The report used the definition of a craft brewer as having annual beer production of less than 2m barrels.

Earlier this month, a chart of the top 30 beer brand performers in the US in 2007, collated by the IRI Beer, Wine and Spirits Practice, rated Molson Coors' Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Ale as the number one in US supermarkets. Miller Chill headed up IRI's 'Top 15 New Beer Brands in 2007' list, followed by Bacardi Silver Mojito.


Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume
(Based on 2007 sales)

1 Boston Beer Co.
2 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3 New Belgium Brewing Co. Inc.
4 Spoetzl Brewery
Pyramid Breweries Inc.
6 Matt Brewing Co.
7 Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
8 Boulevard Brewing Co.
9 Full Sail Brewing Co.
10 Harpoon Brewery
11 Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.
12 Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Performing Arts Center
13 Anchor Brewing Co.
14 Bell's Brewery, Inc.
15 Shipyard Brewing Co.
16 Summit Brewing Co.
17 Abita Brewing Co.
18 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.
19 Brooklyn Brewery
20 Stone Brewing Co.
21 Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing
22 Long Trail Brewing Co.
23 New Glarus Brewing Co.
24 Kona Brewing Co.
25 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
26 Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
27 Great Lakes Brewing Co./Ohio
28 The Lagunitas Brewing Co.
29 Flying Dog Brewery
30 Sweetwater Brewing Co.
31 Bridgeport Brewing Co.
32 Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants
33 Odell Brewing Co.
34 BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
35 Victory Brewing Co.
36 Mac and Jack's Brewery
37 Lost Coast Brewery and Café
38 Big Sky Brewing Co.
39 Pete's Brewing Co.
40 Otter Creek Brewing Co.
41 Karl Strauss Breweries
42 Breckenridge Brewery
43 Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
44 Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
45 Boulder Beer Co.
46 North Coast Brewing Co. Inc.
47 McMenamins
48 Utah Brewers Cooperative
49 Capital Brewing Co.
50 Blue Point Brewing Co.

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies by Beer Sales Volume (2007 sales)

1 Anheuser- Busch Inc.
Miller Brewing Co.
3 Coors Brewing Co.
4 Pabst Brewing Co.
5 Boston Beer Co.
6 D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc.
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
8 New Belgium Brewing Co. Inc.
9 High Falls Brewing Co.
10 Spoetzl Brewery
11 Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.
12 Redhook Ale Brewery
13 Pyramid Breweries Inc.
14 Matt Brewing Co.
15 Minhas Craft Brewery
16 Deschutes Brewery, Inc.
17 Iron City Brewing Co.
18 Boulevard Brewing Co.
19 Full Sail Brewing Co.
20 Harpoon Brewery
21 Alaskan Brewing and Bottling Co.
22 Magic Hat Brewing Co. & Performing Arts Center
23 Anchor Brewing Co.
24 Bell's Brewery, Inc.
25 Goose Island Beer Co.
26 August Schell Brewing Co.
27 Shipyard Brewing Co.
28 Summit Brewing Co.
29 Mendocino Brewing Co.
30 Abita Brewing Co.
31 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.
32 Brooklyn Brewery
33 Stone Brewing Co.
34 Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing
35 Long Trail Brewing Co.
36 New Glarus Brewing Co.
37 Kona Brewing Co.
38 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
39 Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
40 Great Lakes Brewing Co./Ohio
41 The Lagunitas Brewing Co.
42 Flying Dog Brewery
43 Sweetwater Brewing Co.
44 Bridgeport Brewing Co.
45 Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants
46 Gluek Brewing Co.
47 Straub Brewery
48 Odell Brewing Co.
49 BJ's Restaurant & Brewery
50 Victory Brewing Co.