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Five Colorado craft brew­eries are among the top 50 in the na­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, a not-for-profit trade group rep­re­sent­ing small and in­de­pen­dent craft brew­ers. The list was com­piled based on 2016 sales vol­ume.

And of the top 50 brew­eries in the U.S., 40 were craft brew­eries, in­clud­ing three in Colorado.

New Bel­gium Brew­ing Co. in Fort Collins ranked fourth among U.S. craft brew­eries. Oskar Blues Brew­ing Hold­ing Co. in Long­mont ranked No. 10; Odell Brew­ing Co. in Fort Collins, No. 27; Left Hand Brew­ing Co. in Long­mont, No. 44; and Avery Brew­ing Co. in Boul­der came in at No. 48.

The top three U.S. craft brew­eries, by 2016 sales vol­ume, were D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. of Pottsville, Pa., No. 1; fol­lowed by Bos­ton Beer Co. of Bos­ton and Sierra Ne­vada Brew­ing Co. of Chico, Calif.

Of all brew­eries in the coun­try, New Bel­gium Brew­ing ranked eighth by sales vol­ume. Oskar Blues Brew­ing came in at No. 18 and Odell Brew­ing Co. ranked 36th.

“With such a broad range of brew­ers in today’s beer land­scape, the lead­ing small and in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­ers have helped build the craft brew­ing in­dus­try to what it is today,” said Bart Wat­son, chief econ­o­mist at the Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, in a state­ment. “Em­brac­ing their ex­pe­ri­ence and abil­ity to thrive and over­come chal­lenges, the top pro­duc­ing craft brew­ers will con­tinue to in­spire, in­no­vate and in­flu­ence the fu­ture of beer.”

New Bel­gium ranked fourth.

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