Brewers Association releases Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2016 list

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The Brewers Association released their annual Top 50 Craft Breweries list for 2016, which ranks America’s breweries by annual production. Three Minnesota craft breweries made the list in 2016.

New Ulm’s August Schell Brewing, which opened its new Starkeller in early March, jumped three spots from 27 to 24.

Summit Brewing, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016, also jumped three spots from 29 to 26.

For the first time ever, Surly Brewing Co. cracked the top 50 craft brewers list, landing at number 42. The Minneapolis craft brewery has significantly increased its brewing capacity in recent years with expansions at its Minneapolis destination brewery.

Other craft brewers made jumps in this year’s Top 50 list, including Duvel Moortgat USA, which rose nine spots from 15 to 6, largely from merging its U.S. operations with Firestone Walker Brewing—13 largest craft brewery in the U.S. in 2015.

Oskar Blues Brewery of Longmont, Colorado, jumped four spots from 14 to 10, as did Wisconsin-based New Glarus Brewing, which rose from 20 to 16. Odell Brewing jump five spots this year to 27, while fellow Colorado brewery, Left Hand Brewing, fell in the rankings from 39 in 2015 to 44 in 2016.

Three breweries from the 2015 Top 50 Craft Breweries list were removed from this year’s list as they no longer meet the Brewers Association’s “craft” definition: Lagunitas Brewing, Minhas Brewing, and Ballast Point Brewing.

For the full list of the top craft breweries, view the map below. Or visit the Brewers Association’s to see how America’s craft breweries stack up in the Top 50 Breweries, which ranks all craft and non-craft brewers.

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Brian Kaufenberg is the managing editor, writer, and photographer at The Growler Magazine. His column "Now Open (Or Damn Close) keeps you up to date on the newest breweries in Minnesota.