Top 50 Craft Breweries For 2011

The Brewers Association just announced the top 50 breweries in the U.S. based on sales, by volume, for 2011, which is listed below here. For the fifth year, they’ve also released a list of the top 50 craft breweries based on the new definition adopted by the Brewers Association a few years ago, and updated earlier this year. Here is the new craft brewery list:

  1. Boston Beer Co.; Boston MA
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing; Chico CA
  3. New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  4. Gambrinus Company; San Antonio TX
  5. Deschutes Brewery; Bend OR
  6. Matt Brewing; Utica NY
  7. Bell’s Brewery; Galesburg MI
  8. Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA
  9. Lagunitas Brewing; Petaluma CA
  10. Boulevard Brewing; Kansas City MO
  11. Stone Brewing; Escondido CA
  12. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Lewes DE
  13. Brooklyn Brewery; Brooklyn NY
  14. Alaskan Brewing; Juneau AK
  15. Long Trail Brewing; Bridgewater Corners VT
  16. Shipyard Brewing; Portland ME
  17. Abita Brewing; New Orleans LA
  18. Great Lakes Brewing; Cleveland OH
  19. New Glarus Brewing; New Glarus WI
  20. Full Sail Brewing; Hood River OR
  21. Summit Brewing; Saint Paul MN
  22. Anchor Brewing; San Francisco CA
  23. Firestone Walker Brewing; Paso Robles CA
  24. Sweetwater Brewing; Atlanta GA
  25. Rogue Ales/Oregon Brewing; Newport OR
  26. Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick MD
  27. Victory Brewing; Downingtown PA
  28. CraftWorks Breweries & Restaurants (Gordon Biersch/Rock Bottom); Chattanooga TN/Louisville KY
  29. Oskar Blues Brewery; Longmont CO
  30. Odell Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  31. Stevens Point Brewing; Stevens Point WI
  32. Ninkasi Brewing; Eugene, OR
  33. BJs Restaurant & Brewery; Huntington Beach CA
  34. Blue Point Brewing; Patchogue NY
  35. Bear Republic Brewing; Cloverdale CA
  36. Lost Coast Brewery; Eureka CA
  37. Big Sky Brewing; Missoula MT
  38. North Coast Brewing; Fort Bragg CA
  39. The Saint Louis Brewery/Schlafly Bottleworks; St Louis MO
  40. Gordon Biersch Brewing; San Jose CA
  41. Breckenridge Brewery; Denver CO
  42. Founders Brewing; Grand Rapids MI
  43. Saint Arnold Brewing; Houston TX
  44. Karl Strauss Breweries; San Diego CA
  45. Real Ale Brewing; Blanco, TX
  46. Mac and Jack’s Brewery; Redmond WA
  47. Smuttynose Brewing; Portsmouth NH
  48. Utah Brewers Cooperative; Salt Lake City UT
  49. Left Hand Brewing; Longmont CO
  50. TIE: Anderson Valley Brewing; Boonville CA & Four Peaks Brewing; Tempe AZ

Five breweries are new to this year’s Top 50 Craft Breweries list; Anderson Valley, Founder’s, Four Peaks, Left Hand and Smuttynose. Here is this year’s press release.

I’ll have my annual annotated list shortly.


  1. Justin says

    This a serious list? Karl Strauss has a majority of their beer contracted out of Wisconsin and brews kegs only in So Cal. Gordon Biersch is listed twice under two?

    • says

      I’m not even sure how to answer that. Is that a serious question? Whether or not the beer has been contracted means nothing. Karl Strauss is not the only brewery on the list that contract brews. So what? These are national numbers. As for Gordon Biersch, perhaps you missed the fact that years ago — years — the brewpubs were sold to a restaurant business while the production brewery remained with Dan Gordon, one of the co-founders, who still operates it. They’ve been operating as two separate and distinct businesses for a very long time.

  2. says

    Every drop of Karl Strauss beer is brewed and packaged in San Diego, CA. Our contract relationship with Point Brewing Co. ended shortly after Karl’s passing in 2006.

    ~Ryan Ross
    Marketing Manager – Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

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