The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers, released its annual ranking of the top 50 craft and overall breweries in the U.S., based on beer sales volume.
Minnesota breweries August Schell Brewing Company and Summit Brewing Company made the craft list at numbers 27 and 28, respectively, and three Wisconsin breweries were also included: Minhas Craft Brewery (number 10), New Glarus Brewing Company (number 19) and Stevens Point Brewery (number 26).
Summit dropped five spots from its 2013 ranking, and due to changes to the Brewers Association’s definition of a craft brewery, Schell’s and Pennsylvania’s D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. transitioned from the overall list to the craft list.
“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”
Earlier this month, the Brewers Association released 2014 data on U.S. craft beer brewing, which showed that craft breweries made up an 11 percent volume share of the marketplace—the first time ever that number has reached double digits.