Craft beer is having more than just a moment. It's reaching "all-time highs," according to Bart Watson, staff economist at the Brewers Association. Despite some considerable odds, craft beer continues to grow in popularity. Earlier this year CNBC reported that craft beer production "was up 9.6 percent in 2013, while overall beer production fell 1.4 percent."
With more than 2,700 craft breweries in the country, it's hard to know who's the best. Enter the Brewers Association.
Every year the Brewers Association -- the largest organization of brewers in the United States -- puts out a list of the top 50 craft breweries in the country, and this year's list (which is based on 2013 sales) has just been released. For comparison, you can also see a list of the top 50 overall breweries. The rank is based on 2013 beer sales volume.
This year, the top four breweries didn't change from last year: Boston Beer Co. is still number one, and behind it still follow Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing Co. and Gabrinus. A notable trend is the rise of Lagunitas -- the California-based brewery that was ranked number 17 in 2010 but has climbed all the way to number five this year.
Here are the top 10 craft breweries of 2013, and see below for this year's full list of the 50 best breweries. Did your favorites make the cut?
Boston Beer Co.Boston Beer Co.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
New Belgium Brewing Co.New Belgium Brewing Co.
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Lagunitas Brewing Co.Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Deschutes BreweryDeschutes Brewery
Bell's Brewery, Inc.Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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The Top 50 Craft Breweries
- Boston Beer Co. (Boston, MA)
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, CA)
- New Belgium Brewing Co (Fort Collins, CO)
- Gambrinus (San Antonio, TX)
- Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, CA)
- Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
- Bell's Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, MI)
- Duvel Moortgat USA (Kansas City & Cooperstown MO/NY)
- Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
- Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA)
- Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, NY)
- Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA)
- Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE)
- Shipyard Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
- Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, LA)
- Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, CA)
- Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, AK)
- New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, WI)
- SweetWater Brewing Co. (Atlanta, GA)
- Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland, OH)
- Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, CA)
- Long Trail Brewing Co. (Bridgewater Corners, VT)
- Summit Brewing Co. (St. Paul, MN)
- Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, CO)
- Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, OR)
- Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI)
- Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)
- Victory Brewing Co. (Downingtown, PA)
- Ballast Point Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
- Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR)
- Southern Tier Brewing Co. Lakewood NY 6
- Cold Spring Brewing Co./Third Street Brewhouse (Cold Spring, MN)
- Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD)
- Odell Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, CO)
- Stevens Point Brewery Co. (Stevens Point, WI)
- Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, CA)
- Lost Coast Brewery and Cafe (Eureka, CA)
- Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, CO)
- CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. (Chattanooga & Louisville, TN/CO)
- Breckenridge Brewery (Denver, CO)
- Karl Strauss Brewing Co. (San Diego, CA)
- Blue Point Brewing Co. (Patchogue, NY)
- Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, NY)
- BJ's Chicago Pizza & Brewery, Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA)
- North Coast Brewing Co. Inc. (Fort Bragg, CA)
- Uinta Brewing Co. (Salt Lake City, UT)
- Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, ME)
- Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Houston, TX)
- Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. (San Jose, CA)
- 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, CA)