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Top Craft Breweries In America: Brewers Association Names 50 Best-Selling Companies

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The Brewers Association names the top breweries for 2012. | StudioSchulz.com

Each year, the Brewers Association releases lists of the top 50 American craft breweries and overall brewing companies. On Wednesday morning, the moment of truth came for beer-makers across the nation -- and it was a big one for craft beer.

"In 2012, craft surpassed six percent of the total U.S. beer market, with volume and dollar sales reaching record levels,” said Brewers Association director Paul Gatza in a company press release. “Increasingly, beer lovers are turning to craft brewed beer from small and independent producers to satisfy their thirst for bold, innovative and flavor-forward beers.”

The ranking is based on 2012 data for the year's volume of beer sales. This year's top 10 looks a lot like last year's, with one noted exception: Stone Brewing Co. claimed the final spot -- up from a 11th place ranking last year -- while Boulevard Brewing Co. slipped to 12th.

Below, take a look at the top 10 craft breweries in America. Click here for the full list.

Top 10 Craft Breweries of 2012
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article featured an incorrect image accompanying the slide for Bell's Brewery, Inc. The Huffington Post regrets the error.

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