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Who are the Top Craft Beer Brewing Companies in the US?

There’s nothing like sitting out on the back deck with friends and some tunes, firing up a couple of burgers and having an ice-cold beer in your hand.

For some, that means getting a case of Bud Light or Michelob Ultra or Miller Lite and setting it on ice.

For others, they brew up a special batch of their own unnamed brew, then pass along their prodigy like it’s the next thing to sliced bread.

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But for others, it’s all about the CRAFT BEERS.  The small brewers that painstakingly tend to making the perfect barrel, and only a few barrels at a time, with fun names, crazy labels, and a richness that just can’t be found in the larger brewing kettles of the monster beer makers.

So if you’re looking for who sells the most craft beer – the beers that don’t have giant marketing budgets featuring celebrities, horses, or dogs – then these are the beer companies for you.

Here’s the TOP 20 CRAFT BREWERS in the US for 2013:

  1. Boston Beer Company
  2. Sierra Nevada Brewing
  3. New Belgium Brewing
  4. Gambrinus
  5. Lagunitas
  6. Deschutes
  7. Bell’s Brewery
  8. Duvel Moortgat
  9. Brooklyn Brewery
  10. Stone Brewing Company
  11. Harpoon
  12. Dogfish Head
  13. Shipyard
  14. Abita
  15. Firestone Walker
  16. Alaskan
  17. New Glarus
  18. Sweetwater
  19. Great Lakes
  20. Anchor

But if you’re interested in who the large brewers and their associated brands happen to be (as if you didn’t know who #1 and #2 are), then let’s look at those TOP 5 BREWERS (also taken from the same link)

  1. Anheuser-Busch – includes Bass, Beck’s, Bud Light, Budweiser, Busch, Goose Island,Landshark, Michelob, Rolling Rock, Shock Top and Wild Series brands. Does not include partially owned Coastal, Craft Brew Alliance, Fordham, Kona, Old Dominion, Omission, Red Hook and Widmer Brothers brands
  2. MillerCoors – includes A.C. Golden, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Miller and Tenth & Blake brands
  3. Pabst Brewing – includes Pabst, Schlitz and 28 other brand families
  4. Yuengling
  5. Boston Beer Company – includes Alchemy & Science and Sam Adams brands