Special Report

35 Most Successful Craft Breweries in America

Source: Courtesy of Victory Brewing Company

10. Artisanal Brewing Ventures
> Location(s): Downingtown, Pennsylvania; Lakewood and Brooklyn, New York
> 2014 ranking: n/a

Not itself a brewery but the North Carolina-based parent company of three craft breweries, Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania (established in 1996), and Southern Tier Brewing (2002) and Sixpoint Brewing (2004), both in New York State. Sample beers include Victory’s Classic Easy Drinkin’ Lager, Southern Tier’s 2XIPA Double India Pale Ale, and Sixpoint’s Barrel-Aged 4Beans Porter.

Source: Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co.

9. Stone Brewing
> Location(s): Escondido, California
> 2014 ranking: 9

Stone Pale Ale, still produced, was the first beer made when this operation started in 1996. The portfolio now includes a number of other IPAs, including a special releases that are made only once a year — or in some cases that are produced for one year only.

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8. CANarchy
> Location(s): Longmont, Colorado; Tampa, Florida; Comstock, Michigan; Inglewood, California; San Francisco; Dallas
> 2014 ranking: n/a

A “craft beer collective” founded in 2015, CANarchy is composed of seven individual breweries nationwide: Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Perrin Brewing Company, and Three Weavers Brewing Company. A few of the many beers sold under the umbrella are Cigar City’s Jai Alai India Pale Ale, Perrin’s Blonde Porter Ale with Chocolate, and Three Weavers’ Cloud City Hazy IPA.

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7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
> Location(s): Comstock, Michigan
> 2014 ranking: 8

Proprietor Larry Bell started by selling supplies for home brewers and made his own first commercial beer in 1985. The brewery has swelled in size since then, thanks in large part to its acclaimed Two Hearted Ale (made with Wisconsin hops and English malt), first released in 1997.

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6. Gambrinus
> Location(s): Berkeley, California; Shiner, Texas
> 2014 ranking: 5

Gambrinus is not itself a brewery, but has two beer brands: Shiner, made at the historic Spoetzl Brewery, founded in Shiner, Texas, in 1909, and Trumer, opened in 2004 as a sister property to the centuries-old Trumer Brauerei in Austria. Shiner Bock, a Texan interpretation of a German classic style, is legendary in Texas. Trumer Pils, a German-style pilsner, is Trumer’s signature.