The Brewers Association Top 50 of 2012

The Brewers Association released its list of the top 50 craft breweries today, and while the top five has remained intact, there were some risers and fallers of note.

Lagunitas, which is close to launching a new brewing facility in Chicago, jumped from No. 9 in 2011 to No. 6 in 2012. This switch descended Matt Brewing from No. 6 in 2011 to No. 8 in 2012. Meanwhile, Stone Brewing cracked the top 10, moving from No. 11 in 2011 to No. 10 in 2012, with Boulevard falling from No. 10 in 2011 to No. 12 in 2012.

The top rookie on this year’s list is Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse, which debuts at No. 28. And benefiting from the craft-loving Northeast, Southern Tier Brewing Co. leaped into the top 50, landing at No. 37. Also climbing the list, Left Hand jumped from No. 49 in 2011 to No. 43 in 2012, while Founders moved from No. 42 in 2011 to No. 30 in 2012. Other brewery debuts on the list include Ballast Point at No. 46, Allasgash at No. 48, Uinta at No. 49, and Tr├Âegs at No. 50.

Here is the full list of the Top 50 craft brewers (based on 2012 sales volume), according to the Brewers Association:

Rank COMPANY City State
1 Boston Beer Co. Boston MA
2 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico CA
3 New Belgium Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
4 The Gambrinus Co. San Antonio TX
5 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
6 Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma CA
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Galesburg MI
8 Matt Brewing Co. Utica NY
9 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
10 Stone Brewing Co. Escondido CA
11 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12 Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City MO
13 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
14 Abita Brewing Co. Abita Springs LA
15 Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland ME
16 Alaskan Brewing Co. Juneau AK
17 New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus WI
18 Long Trail Brewing Co. Bridgewater Corners VT
19 Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland OH
20 Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles CA
21 Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco CA
22 Rogue Ales Newport OR
23 Summit Brewing Co. St. Paul MN
t. 24 Full Sail Brewing Co. Hood River OR
t. 24 SweetWater Brewing Co. Atlanta GA
26 Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown PA
27 Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont CO
28 Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse Cold Spring MN
29 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
30 Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids MI
31 Ninkasi Brewing Co. Eugene OR
32 CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. Chattanooga, TN & Louisville, CO
33 Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins CO
34 Bear Republic Brewing Co. Cloverdale CA
35 Stevens Point Brewery Co. Stevens Point WI
36 Blue Point Brewing Co. Patchogue NY
37 Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood NY
38 Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe Eureka CA
39 Karl Strauss Brewing Co. San Diego CA
40 BJ’s Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. Huntington Beach CA
41 Breckenridge Brewery Denver CO
42 North Coast Brewing Co. Fort Bragg CA
43 Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont CO
44 St. Louis Brewery, Inc./Schlafly Beers St. Louis MO
45 Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston TX
46 Ballast Point Brewing Co. San Diego CA
47 Big Sky Brewing Co. Missoula MT
48 Allagash Brewing Co. Portland ME
49 Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City UT
50 Tr├Âegs Brewing Co. Hershey PA


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