Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2012

by Drink DC on Apr 11, 2013 in Beer
Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Breweries of 2012

The Brewers Association, the organization behind national beer events like SAVOR and the Great American Beer Festival, has just released this year’s ranking of the top breweries in the U.S. The top 50 lists were compiled based on 2012 sales by volume. Of the top 50 overall, 39 are craft breweries. (See the BA definition of “craft brewery” here; it uses three standards: small, independent and traditional.)

Craft beer sales continue to rise, even though they are still only 6% by volume of the total beer market in the U.S. (the share is nearly twice that by sales). It's worth noticng that a big growth area for American craft brewers in 2012 was overseas — volume increased 72% year over year, with a value estimated at $49.1 million in total exports. The largest export markets are Canada, Sweden and the U.K., and increases were largest in the Asia-Pacific region (up 162%).

So, who’s making all this beer enjoyed at home and around the world? Sam Adams maker Boston Beer retains its No. 1 spot on the craft beer list. (It comes in at No. 5 on the overall list, behind Yuengling, Pabst and the two top macros, MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, which is debatably included — it’s a subsidiary of foreign-owned A-B InBev.)

Sierra Nevada is No. 2, and after that we get our first pseudo-local sighting at No. 13 with DE-based Dogfish Head. Frederick, MD’s Flying Dog slots in at No. 29, after PA’s Victory Brewing at No. 26. Check out the full list here, and drink more (craft) beer!

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Drinks Decoded: Moscow Mule

Drinks Decoded: Moscow Mule

This week's Drinks Decoded takes on the Moscow Mule....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 19, 2016
Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

The Campbell Apartment, a New York institution connected to Grand Central Station, will close at the end of July....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 18, 2016
Where to Go for Bottomless Brunch in D.C.

Where to Go for Bottomless Brunch in D.C.

In DC, brunch is synonymous with bottomless drinks; here are our picks for the best places to get endless pours of your favorite brunch beverages....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 12, 2016
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Learn How to Put Beer, Wine, Cider and BBQ Together at the Hill Center

Learn How to Put Beer, Wine, Cider and BBQ Together at the Hill Center

Guests will have the opportunity to make their own cocktails....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 12, 2016
Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

After the historic Brexit vote in the UK, Boston Beer Company has registered to trademark the term for one of its ciders....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jul 5, 2016
Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in D.C.

Where to Celebrate Bastille Day 2016 in D.C.

A number of DC restaurants and bars will be celebrating le quatorze juillet with plenty of parties, wine and food specials. Say oui oui and get yourse...read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jul 5, 2016
Where to Celebrate July 4th in D.C.

Where to Celebrate July 4th in D.C.

From hot dog eating contests to BBQs and pool parties, there's no shortage of celebrations in honor of July 4th....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Jun 28, 2016
You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

It may come as a shock to those living outside of New York, but, up until very recently, the sale of liquor on Sundays was prohibited before noon...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 28, 2016
Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Best Washington, D.C. Brunch Drink Specials

Whether you're trying to get the best of a hangover or simply celebrating the weekend with a bout of day drinking, these bars with breakfast sipping s...read more ›

by Drink DC Feb 10, 2014
The Shark Week Drinking Game

The Shark Week Drinking Game

This year, one of cable TV's longest-running programs celebrates its 29th anniversary. Enjoy it to the fullest with this handy game. Shark Week starts...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close