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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Beer by the Numbers: Facts and Figures Behind the Brewing Scene

According to the Brewers Association, based on 2006 sales here are the Top 50 American Brewing Companies:

1 Anheuser-Busch Inc., St Louis, MO
2 Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI
3 Coors Brewing Co., Golden, CO
4 Pabst Brewing Co., Woodridge, IL
5 Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
6 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc., Pottsville, PA
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
8 Gambrinus San Antonio, TX
9 New Belgium Brewing Company Inc., Fort Collins, CO
10 High Falls Brewing Co., Rochester, NY
11 Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland, OR
12 Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville, WA
13 Pittsburgh Brewing Co., Pittsburgh, PA
14 Pyramid Breweries Inc., Seattle, WA
15 Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI
16 Matt Brewing Co., Utica, NY
17 Deschutes Brewery Inc., Bend, OR
18 Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
19 Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK
20 The Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
21 Full Sail Brewing Co., Hood River, OR
22 Anchor Brewing Co., San Francisco, CA
23 Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona, HI
24 Magic Hat Brewing Co., South Burlington, VT
25 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., San Jose, CA
26 Bell's Brewery Inc., Galesburg, MI
27 Summit Brewing Co., Saint Paul, MN
28 August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN
29 Shipyard Brewing Co., Portland, ME
30 Mendocino Brewing Co., Ukiah, CA
31 Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, IL
32 Abita Brewing Co., New Orleans, LA
33 Long Trail Brewing Co., Bridgewater Corners, VT
34 The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
35 New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, WI
36 Rogue Ales, Newport, OR
37 Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, CA
38 Stevens Point Brewery Co., Stevens Point, WI
39 Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants, Louisville, CO
40 Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA
41 The Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, OH
42 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Lewes, DE
43 Straub Brewery, Saint Mary's, PA
44 The Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, CA
45 Flying Dog Brewery, Denver, CO
46 Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, GA
47 Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
48 Mac and Jack's Brewery Inc., Redmond, WA
49 Big Sky Brewing Co., Missoula, MT
50 Otter Creek Brewing, Middlebury, VT

U.S. Breweries Operating in 2006:
50 Regional Craft Breweries
364 Microbreweries
974 Brewpubs
20 Large Breweries
24 Regional Breweries
4 Other Non-Craft Breweries
1,444 Total U.S. Breweries

2006 U.S. Openings:
57 Brewpubs
36 Microbreweries

2006 U.S. Closings:
40 Brewpubs
12 Microbreweries
1 Large Brewery

2006 Overall U.S. Beer Market:
- Up 2.2%
- Approximately $94 billion
- Produced 210,078,000 barrels of beer


Stonch said...

I'd be interested to know what the "4 Other Non-Craft Breweries" are. This indicates that the use of the term "craft" denotes a difference in brewing style and quality of product, as opposed to simply meaning smaller scale then huge industrial-scale brewers such as A-B. If so, who makes that judgement, and how come only four small breweries in the whole of the US failed to be considered "craft"? Again, this comes back to what exactly "craft" means. I'd query whether it's a term that should be used in the context of statistics like this, as it seems to be based on subjective opinion as far as I can see.

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