Local brewers on top 50 list
Last Updated: 16:04 March 28, 2012
BOULDER - Three local and six Colorado-based breweries made the Brewers Association's top 50 craft brewing companies list for 2009, released late Wednesday.
Based on 2009 craft beer sales volume, Louisville-based Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants ranked 34th in the nation; Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewery ranked 44th; and Boulder-based Boulder Beer Co. ranked 49th. It's the first time that Oskar Blues made the top 50 list, as the company continues to expand its iconic canned beers.
Elsewhere in Colorado, Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Co. ranked third; Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing Co. ranked 33rd; and Denver-based Breckenridge Brewery ranked 46th.
The No. 1 craft brewer in the nation for 2009 was Boston Beer Co.
Craft brewers, as defined by the Brewers Association, includes American brewers whose annual production is less than 2 million barrels, they have no more than a 25 percent non-craft brewer owner, and they adhere to certain traditional brewing standards.
"Beer lovers continue to find great value and enjoyment in fuller flavored craft beers," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. Americans have an increasing appreciation of craft beers, and the growing number of brewers behind them."
On the overall brewing company list, Anheuser-Busch InBev topped the list, followed by MillerCoors Brewing Co. and Pabst Brewing Co. For Colorado on the overall list, New Belgium comes in at No. 7; Odell at No. 44; and Rock Bottom at No. 45.
The Brewers Association, which is based in Boulder, is the not-for-profit trade and education association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts.
For a full list of the 2009 rankings, visit www.brewersassociation.org.
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