5 COLORADO CRAFT BREWERIES RANK AMONG U.S. TOP 50
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.