The brewing industry continued its seemingly unstoppable growth trends in 2013, but which of the more than 2,700 breweries were the biggest? And more importantly, how did the biggest craft breweries compare? Well, the Brewers Association — the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the United States, based on beer sales volume and the craft brewer definition in 2013.
Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.
“In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales,” said Bart Watson, staff economist for the Brewers Association in a press release. “Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavored and local beers from small and independent craft breweries.”
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