Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies of 2016

Boulder, CO • March 15, 2017—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were craft brewing companies.1

“With such a broad range of brewers in today’s beer landscape, the leading small and independent producers have helped build the craft brewing industry to what it is today,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Embracing their experience and ability to thrive and overcome challenges, the top producing craft brewers will continue to inspire, innovate and influence the future of beer.”

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Oregon Breweries in the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

Rank Brewing Company City State
8 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
29 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
30 Rogue Ales Newport OR
33 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

Rank Brewing Company City State
10 Craft Brew Alliance (g) Portland OR
15 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
38 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
39 Rogue Ales Newport OR
42 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR

Italicized = Small and independent craft brewer.

A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2017 Craft Brewers Conference, held from April 10 -13, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Association’s full 2016 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2017.

Update: An earlier version of the graphic noted Long Trail Brewing Co as the number 25 brewery. Long Trail is tied with August Schell Brewing Co as the number 24 brewery. The graphic has been updated to reflect this.

1Figure based on companies that met craft brewer definition for all or part of 2016. An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.