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The Top-Selling U.S. Craft Brewery Will Surprise You

The Top-Selling U.S. Craft Brewery Will Surprise You: Evil Sivan / Flickr

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Yuengling outsold every other craft brewing company in America last year, taking the 2013 sales crown from Sam Adams. Curiously Yuengling didn’t even make it on 2013’s list. So what happened?

The Brewers Association, which determines the rankings, relaxed its rules about the definition of “craft” in 2014. Unlike in previous years, the association decided to allow craft brewers to incorporate corn, rice and syrups as flavor-enhancers in their recipes. With the rule change Yuengling finally qualified to compete.

Check out the top 25 rankings below. Did your favorite make the list?

TOP 25 U.S. CRAFT BREWING COMPANIES

1. D. G. Yuengling and Son, Inc. (Pottsville, Pa.)
2. Boston Beer Co. (Boston)
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, Calif.)
4. New Belgium Brewing Co. (Fort Collins, Colo.)
5. Gambrinus (Shiner, Texas)
6. Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Petaluma, Calif.)
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Galesburg, Mich.)
8. Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Ore.)
9. Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.)
10. Minhas Craft Brewery (Monroe, Wis.)
11. Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
12. Duvel Moortgat USA (Kansas City, Mo. & Cooperstown, N.Y.)
13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)
14. Matt Brewing Co. (Utica, N.Y.)
15. Harpoon Brewery (Boston)
16. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Paso Robles, Calif.)
17. Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
18. SweetWater Brewing Co (Atlanta)
19. New Glarus Brewing Co. (New Glarus, Wis.)
20. Alaskan Brewing Co. (Juneau, Alaska)
21. Abita Brewing Co. (Abita Springs, LA.)
22. Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco)
23. Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland)
24. Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colo.)
25. Shipyard Brewing Co. (Portland, Maine)

(via USA Today)


Alyson Sheppard is the resident hangover specialist at Playboy.com. She drinks Shiner. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep

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