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Top 50 Breweries For 2022

The Brewers Association just announced the top 50 breweries and craft breweries in the U.S. based on sales, by volume, for 2022, which is listed below here. I should also mention that this represents “craft breweries” according to the BA’s membership definition, and not necessarily how most of us would define them, as there’s no universally agreed upon way to differentiate the two. For a number of years now, they’ve also released a list of the top 50 breweries, which includes all breweries. In the past I’ve posted the two lists separately, but have decided going forward to present them together since the two are getting increasingly intermingled. I confess I used to look more forward to this list every year as it represented greater and wider acceptance of craft in the marketplace, but it doesn’t seem to hold the same thrill for me anymore, perhaps I’m getting jaded. Here is this year’s craft brewery list:

Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies

1D. G. Yuengling and Son IncPottsvillePA
2Boston Beer CoBoston, MiltonMA, DE
3Sierra Nevada Brewing CoChicoCA
4Duvel Moortgat USAPaso Robles, Kansas City, CooperstownCA, MO, NY
5Gambrinus CompanyShiner, BerkeleyTX, CA
6Artisanal Brewing VenturesDowingtown, Lakewood, BrooklynPA, NY, NY
7Stone Brewing*EscondidoCA
8CANarchyLongmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, DallasCO, FL, UT, MI, TX
9Tilray Beer BrandsAtlanta, Montauk, San DiegoGA, NY, CA
10Brooklyn BreweryBrooklynNY
11Deschutes BreweryBendOR
12New Glarus Brewing CoNew GlarusWI
13Athletic Brewing CompanyMilfordCT
14Matt Brewing CoUticaNY
15Minhas Craft BreweryMonroeWI
16Harpoon BreweryBostonMA
17Gordon Biersch Brewing CoSan JoseCA
18Great Lakes Brewing CompanyClevelandOH
19Stevens Point BreweryStevens PointWI
20Allagash Brewing CompanyPortlandME
21Georgetown Brewing CoSeattleWA
22Odell Brewing CoFort CollinsCO
23Rhinegeist BreweryCincinnatiOH
24Three Floyds BrewingMunsterIN
25Troegs Brewing CoHersheyPA
26Summit Brewing CoSaint PaulMN
27Narragansett Brewing CoProvidenceRI
28Craft OhanaKihei, San DiegoHI, CA
29August Schell Brewing CompanyNew UlmMN
30Kings & Convicts BrewingSan DiegoCA
31Pittsburgh Brewing CoPittsburghPA
32Alaskan Brewing CoJuneauAK
33Kona Brewing CoKailua-KonaHI
34Flying Dog BreweryFrederickMD
35Abita Brewing CoCovingtonLA
36Fiddlehead BrewingShelburneVT
37Creature Comforts Brewing CoAthensGA
38BrewDog Brewing CompanyCanal WinchesterOH
39Revolution BrewingChicagoIL
40Lost Coast BreweryEurekaCA
41Rogue Ales BreweryNewportOR
42Surly Brewing CompanyMinneapolisMN
43Ninkasi Brewing CoEugeneOR
44Saint Arnold Brewing CoHoustonTX
45IndieBrewAtlanta, NashvilleGA, TN
46Shipyard Brewing CoPortlandME
47Jack’s Abby BrewingFraminghamMA
48North Coast Brewing CoFort BraggCA
49Pizza Port Brewing CompanyCarlsbadCA
50Made by the WaterNew Orleans, Apalachicola, Asheville, CharlestonLA, FL, NC, SC

The data was also accompanied by the following press release:

“The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—today released annual production figures for the U.S. craft brewing industry. In 2022, small and independent brewers collectively produced 24.3 million barrels of beer, on par with 2021’s numbers, and craft’s overall beer market share by volume grew to 13.2%, up from 13.1% the previous year. 

The overall beer market* shrank 3% by volume in 2022. Retail dollar value was estimated at $28.46 billion, representing a 24.6% market share and 6% growth over 2021. Sales growth was stronger than volume due to pricing, share shift to smaller brewers—who are more likely to sell onsite and via distributed draught—as well as the continued channel shift back to on-premise, which has a higher average retail value. Craft brewers provided 189,413 direct jobs, a 9% increase from 2021, driven both by growth in the number of breweries and a continued shift to hospitality-focused business models. 

“2022 presented small brewers with a number of challenges, including rising operating and material costs and increasing competition, particularly in distribution,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “In this maturing and competitive market, collective growth for the category is hard to come by.” 

The number of operating craft breweries continued to climb in 2022, reaching an all-time high of 9,552, including 2,035 microbreweries, 3,418 brewpubs, 3,838 taproom breweries, and 261 regional craft breweries. The total U.S. operating brewery count was 9,709, up from 9,384 in 2021. Throughout the year, there were 549 new brewery openings and 319 closings. Openings decreased for a second consecutive year, with the continued decline reflecting a more mature market. The closing rate increased in 2022 but continued to remain relatively low, at approximately 3%.  

“The relatively low closure rate reflects both the solid demand for fuller flavored local beer as well as the versatility and flexibility of small brewers,” added Watson.”

And here’s the second list, which is the Top 50 Brewing Companies Overall, which means all companies, not just the ones eligible for membership in the Brewers Association, which excludes from membership breweries that are too large or with large ownership structures, among other specific qualifications.

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies 

1Anheuser-Busch Inc (a)St. LouisMO
2MolsonCoors (b)ChicagoIL
3Constellation (c)ChicagoIL
4Heineken USA (d)White PlainsNY
5Pabst Brewing Co (e)Los AngelesCA
6Diageo (f)NorwalkCT
7D. G. Yuengling and Son IncPottsvillePA
8FIFCO USA (g)RochesterNY
9Boston Beer Co (h)Boston, MiltonMA, DE
10Kirin-Lion / New Belgium Brewing (i)Fort Collins, ComstockCO, MI
11Sierra Nevada Brewing CoChicoCA
12Duvel Moortgat USA (j)Paso Robles, Kansas City, CooperstownCA, MO, NY
13Founders Brewing / Mahou San Miguel (k)Grand Rapids, BoulderMI, CO
14Gambrinus (l)Berkeley, ShinerCA, TX
15Artisanal Brewing Ventures (m)Downingtown, Lakewood, BrooklynPA, NY, NY
16Stone Brewing (n)EscondidoCA
17CANarchy (o)Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, DallasCO, FL, UT, MI, TX
18Tilray Beer Brands (p)Atlanta, Montauk, San DiegoGA, NY, CA
19Sapporo USA (q)San FranciscoCA
20Brooklyn BreweryBrooklynNY
21Deschutes BreweryBendOR
22New Glarus Brewing CoNew GlarusWI
23Athletic Brewing CompanyStratfordCT
24Matt Brewing Co (r)UticaNY
25Minhas Craft Brewery (s)MonroeWI
26Harpoon BreweryBostonMA
27Gordon Biersch Brewing CoSan JoseCA
28Great Lakes Brewing CompanyClevelandOH
29Stevens Point Brewery (t)Stevens PointWI
30Allagash Brewing CompanyPortlandME
31Georgetown Brewing CoSeattleWA
32Odell Brewing CoFort CollinsCO
33Rhinegeist BreweryCincinnatiOH
34Three Floyds Brewing (u)MunsterIN
35Troegs Brewing CoHersheyPA
36Summit Brewing CoSaint PaulMN
37Narragansett Brewing CoPawtucketRI
38Craft Ohana (v)Kihei, San DiegoHI/CA
39August Schell Brewing Company (w)New UlmMN
40Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast PointSan DiegoCA
41Pittsburgh Brewing (x)PittsburghPA
42Alaskan Brewing CoJuneauAK
43Kona Brewing Co (y)Kailua-KonaHI
44Flying Dog BreweryFrederickMD
45Abita Brewing CoCovingtonLA
46Fiddlehead BrewingShelburneVT
47Creature ComfortsAthensGA
48BrewDog Brewing CoCanal WinchesterOH
49Revolution BrewingChicagoIL
50Lost Coast Brewing CoEurekaCA

But this second list requires quite a few footnotes, which tells you a lot, honestly.

Footnote notes from brand lists are illustrative and may not be exhaustive.

Volumes reflected are of beer brands only and do not include flavored malt beverages or hard seltzers. Ownership stakes reflect greater than 25% ownership. Consequently, Mark Anthony Brands, owner of White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade as well as other brand families, does not appear in these rankings.

(a) Anheuser-Busch, Inc includes 10 Barrel, Bass, Beck’s, Blue Point, Bud Light,
Budweiser, Breckenridge, Busch, Craft Brew Alliance, Devils Backbone, Elysian, Four
Peaks, Golden Road, Goose Island, Karbach, King Cobra, Landshark, Michelob, Natural,
Platform, Rolling Rock, Shock Top, Veza Sur, Wicked Weed, and Ziegenbock brands, as
well as other brand families and imported brands;
(b) MolsonCoors includes A.C. Golden, Atwater, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native,
Coors, Hamms, Hop Valley, Icehouse, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Mickey’s,
Milwaukee’s Best, Miller, Olde English, Revolver, Steel Reserve, Tenth & Blake, and
Terrapin brands, as well as other brand families and imported brands;
(c) Constellation Brewing Co includes domestic brands Four Corners, Funky Buddha, and
Tocayo Brands; it also includes imported brands Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, and Victoria;
(d) Heineken Brewing Co includes domestic brand Lagunitas Brewing Co as well as
imported brands Dos Equis, Heineken, and Tecate;
(e) Pabst Brewing Co includes Ballantine, Lone Star, National Bohemian, Pabst, Pearl,
Primo, Rainier, Schlitz, Small Town, and Stroh’s brands, as well as other brand families;
(f) Diageo Brewing Co includes both domestically produced and imported Guinness brands;
(g) FIFCO USA includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Mactarnahan’s, Magic Hat, and
Pyramid brands as well as import volume;
(h) Boston Beer Co includes Alchemy & Science, Angel City, Concrete Beach, Coney Island
Dogfish Head, and Sam Adams brands. Does not include volume from Truly, Twisted
Tea or Angry Orchard brands;
(i) New Belgium Brewing Co includes Bell’s and Magnolia Brewing brands;
(j) Duvel Moortgat includes Firestone Walker and the Duvel Moortgat USA brands of
Boulevard and Ommegang;
(k) Mahou San Miguel includes Founders and Avery Brewing volume;
(l) Gambrinus includes Shiner and Trumer brands;
(m)Artisanal Brewing Ventures includes Sixpoint, Southern Tier, and Victory brands; Does
not include Bold Rock Hard Cider volume;
(n) Stone Brewing was acquired by Sapporo late in 2022. It will be included in the Sapporo
USA volume starting in 2023. See footnote (q);
(o) CANarchy was acquired by Monster Beverage Corporation in 2021. Volume includes
Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Oskar Blues Brewing Co, Perrin, and Utah Brewers Cooperative
(p) Tilray Beer Brands include Sweetwater, Montauk, Green Flash, and Alpine Beer brands;
(q) Sapporo USA includes Anchor Brewing and imported brands. Stone Brewing (n) will be
included in future years;
(r) Matt Brewing Co includes Flying Bison, Saranac, and Utica Club brands;
(s) Minhas Craft Brewery includes Huber, Mountain Crest, and Rhinelander brands as well
as export volume;
(t) Stevens Point Brewery includes James Page and Point brands;
(u) Three Floyds Brewing also includes volume for the WarPigs USA brand;
(v) Craft Ohana includes Maui Brewing and Modern Times brands;
(w)August Schell Brewing Co includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands;
(x) Pittsburgh Brewing includes Iron City, IC Light, and other brand families;
(y) Volume is for the independently owned Kona Brewing Co in Hawaii. Does not include Kona volume owned by Anheuser-Busch (a) sold in the mainland USA.

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