The Brewers Association has released its list of the top 50 U.S. breweries based on 2015 sales volumes, and there are some big movers.
Two of the largest changes on the list of craft beer breweries were San Diego, Calif.-based Ballast Point Brewing, which rose from 31st on the list in 2014 to 11th in 2015 and Longmont, Colo.-based Oskar Blues, which is now in the 14th spot on the list, 10 spots higher than in 2014. Of the top 50 brewing companies on the list, 43 are considered craft breweries.
Both of those breweries featured an eventful year on the business side as well.
In November, Constellation Brands announced it would purchase Ballast Point in a deal worth $1 billion. Earlier in the year, Oskar Blues was purchased by Fireman Capital, a consortium that now includes Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing and Utah Brewers Cooperative.
“The top U.S. brewers continue to drive demand, growth, innovation and exponential interest in beers from small and independent brewers,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association, in a press release. “With a historic record number of breweries in the U.S., the top brewers continue to open new markets and expose beer drinkers to a variety of fuller-flavored styles and offerings.”
The top 10 breweries on the craft breweries list are:
- D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc (Pottsville, Pa.)
2. Boston Beer Co. (Boston, Mass.)
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, Calif.)
4. New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colo.)
5. Gambrinus (San Antonio, Texas)
6. Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, Calif.)
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc (Comstock, Mich.)
8. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Ore.)
9. Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, Wis.)
10. Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.)
The list also includes the top 50 U.S. breweries for overall sales, the top three of which were Saint Louis, Mo.-based Anheuser-Busch, Inc, Chicago, Ill.-based MillerCoors and Los Angeles, Calif.-based Pabst Brewing Co.