This week, the Brewers Association—probably the biggest voice behind everything craft beer—released their list of the Top 50 US Craft Brewing Companies. The list, which is based on annual beer sales volume, saw some interesting shake-ups.
For the first time, craft beer lovers will notice Yuengling has landed at the top of the list. The Pennsylvania brewery’s new spot at the top—pushing perennial craft beer king Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) to No. 2—isn’t due to any major change in volume: Yuengling has always outproduced Sam Adams. Instead, it’s due to some relatively subtle tweaks in the way the Brewers Association defines a “craft brewery,” which allowed Yuengling, as well as a few other breweries, into the club. The other newbie to craft brewing’s top 10 is Wisconsin’s Minhas, which was also added to the list this year for the first time for the same reason.
One of the biggest actual movers on the list was Founders Brewing Company, which jumped from No. 26 to No. 17, with the brand’s All Day IPA becoming one of the most ubiquitous canned and draft beers of last year.