In 2013 the craft beer industry saw another year of unprecedented growth with sales up an astounding 9.6 percent. Craft beer is more than just a passing trend and with nearly 3,000 craft breweries across America producing thousands of different variations the Brewers Association, the largest organization of brewers in the United States, released their annual list of the top 50 craft breweries ranked by their 2013 beer sales volume. How did your favorite craft brewery fare?
USA Today: Craft beer sales keep climbing as consumers continue to seek out increasingly diverse offerings from local and regional breweries.
Craft brewers sold an estimated $14.3 billion in beer in 2013, according to the Brewers Association, up from 20% over $11.9 billion in 2012. Brewers produced nearly 8% more craft beer last year than in 2012, the trade group says.
Overall, craft beer’s share of the total U.S. beer market grew to more than 14%; it accounted for about 10% of the nearly $100 billion in beer sales in 2012, the association says.
Total beer sales of $93 billion were essentially flat in 2013, according to food industry tracking and consulting firm Technomic, despite an increase in craft beer sales. And while craft beer volume rose, total beer production fell 1.4%, the firm’s State of the Industry report says.
Biggest climbers on the craft brewery list include Ballast Point Brewing Co., up 17 points to No. 29, Southern Tier Brewing Co., up 6 points to No. 31, Sweetwater Brewing Co. and Left Hand Brewing Co., each of which moved up five spots to Nos. 19 and 38, respectively. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. and Founders Brewing, both rose four spots to Nos. 16 and 26, respectively.
Craft beer photo via Shutterstock
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