Top 20 US craft breweries1st April, 2014 by Lauren Eads
Yesterday, US trade body, The Brewers Association, released a list of the largest craft brewers in the country by sales volume.
While there was little change among the top four brewers, the Sweet Water Brewing Company in Atlanta saw the biggest jump scaling the list by five places, closely followed by the Firestone Walker Brewing Company in California which jumped four spots.
In 2013 US craft brewers saw an 18% rise in volume representing a total of 15.6 million barrels – a 20% increase in retail value – accounting for 7.8% of the entire US beer market.
Exports of US craft beer also rocketed by 49% with a total of 282,526 barrels valued at US$73 million shipped in 2013.
Of the 2,822 breweries currently operating in the US, 2,768 are considered craft showing that craft breweries currently make up 98% of all US operating breweries.
The Brewer’s Association currently defines an American craft brewer as “small, independent, and traditional” with an annual production of beer less than six million barrels, where less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer, and who has “either an all malt flagship, or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavour.”
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