Special Report

35 Most Successful Craft Breweries in America

Source: Courtesy of Duvel

5. Duvel Moortgat
> Location(s): Paso Robles, California; Kansas City, Missouri; Cooperstown, New York
> 2014 ranking: 12

A Belgian brewing company founded in 1871, Duvel Moortgat owns Boulevard Brewing Company in Missouri (founded 1989), Firestone Walker Brewing Company (1996) in California, and Brewery Ommegang (1997) in New York. Among the beers produced by the various facilities are Ommegang Abbey Dubbel (a Trappist-style dark ale), Firestone Parabola (an imperial Russian stout), and Boulevard Radler (a seasonal citrus beer brewed with ginger and lemon).

Source: Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co.

4. New Belgium Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Fort Collins, Colorado; San Francisco
> 2014 ranking: 4

New Belgium’s founders opened their brewery in 1991. One of their first beers was an amber ale called Fat Tire, which became their signature. Formerly employee-owned, New Belgium was bought late last year by Lion Little World Beverages, a subsidiary of Japan’s Kirin Holdings Co.

Source: Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Chico, California
> 2014 ranking: 3

One of the country’s largest craft producers, Sierra Nevada, founded in 1980, best-known for its Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Other offerings include Narwhal (an Imperial stout), Kellerweis (a Bavarian-style wheat beer), and Hop Bullet (a double IPA).

Source: Courtesy of Sam Adams Boston Tap Room via Facebook

2. Boston Beer Co.
> Location(s): Boston
> 2014 ranking: 2

Founded in 1984, Boston Beer Co. is most famous for its Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but has a wide range of other beers, including Cream Stout, a super-strong (28.0% ABV) barrel-aged ale called Utopias, and a selection of seasonal releases. It also owns Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (see No. 13).

Source: Courtesy of D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc.

1. D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc.
> Location(s): Pottsville, Pennsylvania
> 2014 ranking: 1

This family-owned institution is the oldest brewery in America, founded in 1829. Even though it’s a large-scale producer, it is independently owned and ships fewer than 6 million barrels a year, so Yuengling meets the Brewers Association definition of a craft brewery. Its sales are particularly impressive considering that it is distributed only on the East Coast and in the South.