Top 50 Craft Breweries
The Top 50 Craft Breweries In America, According To The Brewers Association
Craft beer is having more than just a moment. It's reaching "all-time highs," according to Bart Watson, staff economist at the Brewers Association. Despite some considerable odds, craft beer continues to grow in popularity. Earlier this year CNBC reported that craft beer production "was up 9.6 percent in 2013, while overall beer production fell 1.4 percent."
With more than 2,700 craft breweries in the country, it's hard to know who's the best. Enter the Brewers Association.
Every year the Brewers Association -- the largest organization of brewers in the United States -- puts out a list of the top 50 craft breweries in the country, and this year's list (which is based on 2013 sales) has just been released. For comparison, you can also see a list of the top 50 overall breweries. The rank is based on 2013 beer sales volume.
This year, the top four breweries didn't change from last year: Boston Beer Co. is still number one, and behind it still follow Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co. and Gabrinus. A notable trend is the rise of Lagunitas -- the California-based brewery that was ranked number 17 in 2010 but has climbed all the way to number five this year.
Here are the top 10 craft breweries of 2013, and see below for this year's full list of the 50 best breweries. Did your favorites make the cut?