Top 10 biggest US craft brewers of 2017

4. New Belgium Brewing Co – Fort Collins, CO

Flagship brew: Fat Tire Amber Ale

Founded: 1991

Like many US craft brewer, Nee Belgium Brewing began as a home brew project, inspired by a bike ride taken by founder Jeff Lebesch through Europe.

Jeff’s “basement brewery” was taken commercial in 1991 and is today one of the country’s biggest craft brewers.

The fourth largest US craft brewer, New Belgium produced around 955,000 barrels of beer in 2017, down from the 958,000 in 2016. This is compared to the growth it achieved between 2013 and 2014, when its production increased from 792,000 barrels to more than 945,000 barrels.

Most recently New Belgium confirmed that it had been forced to cut 28 jobs, accounting for around 4% of its workforce, at its sites in Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina due to the “changing dynamics in craft brewing” in the US. The brewer said that the redundancies were not based on a lack of business, but rather an expansion project that it began in 2013 which is now proving unsustainable.

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