West Michigan brewers among top 50 in U.S.


Bell's Brewery is the 7th largest craft brewer in the country. Courtesy Bryan Esler

Two West Michigan breweries are included among the top craft breweries in the U.S., while another is no longer considered craft.

Bell’s Brewery remains No. 7 on the Brewers Association’s 2015 Top 50 Craft Brewers list, while Oskar Blues Holding Co. — the parent company of Comstock Park’s Perrin Brewing Co. — is No. 14 on the list.

While it comes in as the No. 20 top overall U.S. brewery, Founders Brewing Co. no longer appears on the top craft breweries list, where it was No. 17 in 2014. It was the No. 23 overall brewery in 2014.

The Brewers Association no longer considers Founders “craft” because of the 30 percent share owned by Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel.

Several breweries will no longer be craft when the 2016 numbers are released next year, including No. 6 Lagunitas Brewing Co. and No. 11 Ballast Point Brewing Co., because of sales to international beverage corporations.

Firestone Walker, which is No. 13 on the list, will be included in the Duvel Moortgat USA Group, which is at No. 15 in 2015.

Next year, Oskar Blues Holding Co. will see a boost in production because of expansions at both Oskar Blues Brewery — in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas — and Perrin, along with its acquisition of Florida’s Cigar City Brewing this year, which is also set to expand.

Top 50 Craft Brewers

1.     D.G. Yuengling Brewing and Sons – Pottsville, Pennsylvania

2.     Boston Beer Co. – Boston

3.     Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, California

4.     New Belgium Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, Colorado

5.     Gambrinus – San Antonio, Texas

6.     Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, California

7.     Bell’s Brewery – Comstock, Michigan

8.     Deschutes Brewery – Bend, Oregon

9.     Minhas Craft Brewery – Monroe, Wisconsin

10.  Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, California

11.  Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits – San Diego

12.  Brooklyn Brewery – Brooklyn, New York

13.  Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Paso Robles, California

14.  Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co. – Longmont, Colorado

15.  Duvel Moortgat USA – Kansas City, Missouri, and Cooperstown, New York

16.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, Delaware

17.  Matt Brewing Co. – Utica, New York

18.  SweetWater Brewing Co. – Atlanta

19.  Harpoon Brewery – Boston

20.  New Glarus Brewing Co. – New Glarus, Wisconsin

21.  Great Lakes Brewing Co. – Cleveland, Ohio

22.  Alaskan Brewing Co. – Juneau, Alaska

23.  Abita Brewing Co. – Abita Springs, Louisiana

24.  Anchor Brewing Co. – San Francisco, California

25.  Stevens Point Brewery Co. – Stevens Point, Wisconsin

26.  Victory Brewing Co. – Downingtown, Pennsylvania

27.  August Schell Brewing Co. – New Ulm, Minnesota

28.  Long Trail Brewing Co. – Bridgewater Corners, Vermont

29.  Summit Brewing Co. – Saint Paul, Minnesota

30.  Shipyard Brewing Co. – Portland, Maine

31.  Full Sail Brewing Co. – Hood River, Oregon

32.  Odell Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, Colorado

33.  Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Lakewood, New York

34.  Rogue Ales Brewery – Newport, Oregon

35.  21st Amendment Brewery – Bay Area, California

36.  Ninkasi Brewing Co. – Eugene, Oregon

37.  Flying Dog Brewery – Frederick, Maryland

38.  Narragansett Brewing Co. – Providence, Rhode Island

39.  Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, Colorado

40.  Unita Brewing Co. – Salt Lake City, Utah

41.  Green Flash Brewing Co. – San Diego

42.  Allagash Brewing Co. – Portland, Maine

43.  Lost Coast Brewing Co. – Eureka, California

44.  Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Cloverdale, California

45.  Troegs Brewing Co. – Hershey, Pennsylvania

46.  Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – San Diego

47.  Breckenridge Brewery – Littleton, Colorado

48.  North Coast Brewing Co. – Fort Bragg, California

49.  FourPeaks Brewing Co. – Tempe, Arizona

50.  Revolution Brewing Co. – Chicago

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