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Two #Longmont #CraftBreweries in US Top 40

Posted on: Apr 6 16

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Colorado was still home to five of the nation’s 50 largest craft brewers in 2015, although it’s likely the last year for one local brewery on that list.

New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, Left Hand Brewing and the soon-to-be acquired Breckenridge Brewery were among the Top 50 U.S. craft brewing companies by beer sales volume, according to a report released Tuesday by the Brewers Association, a Boulder based trade association representing the craft beer industry.

Littleton-based Breckenridge, ranking No. 47, and three other craft breweries — No. 6 Lagunitas Brewing Co., of Petaluma, Calif.; No. 11 Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, of San Diego; and Four Peaks Brewing Co., of Tempe, Ariz. — were acquired or agreed to be acquired by the largest alcohol beverage companies in 2015. The Brewers Association pro-rated the beer sales volume for the breweries that are expected to exit the “small, independent and traditional” classification of craft brewery.

Colorado’s largest brewer, New Belgium Brewing Co., held its fourth-place ranking behind D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc., Boston Beer Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

New Belgium also ranked eighth among the Top 50 U.S. brewing companies, a list led by Anheuser-Busch Inc. and MillerCoors.

New Belgium produced 914,063 barrels of beer in 2015 and is slated to open a $140 million brewery in Asheville, N.C., which could have the capacity to brew up to 500,000 barrels annually.

Longmont-based Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co., which has been on an expansion and acquisition spree after receiving a financial infusion from Fireman Capital, shot up 10 places to No. 14. Oskar Blues was the 21st largest overall brewer.

Rounding out the Colorado participants were Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing Co., at No. 32, and Longmont-based Left Hand Brewing Co., at No. 39. Overall, Odell and Left Hand ranked No. 39 and No. 47, respectively.

The Brewers Association is expected to release the production numbers for the brewers in the May/June edition of its New Brewer magazine.

Left Hand on Tuesday announced its brewery produced 82,849 barrels of beer last year, an increase of 11 percent from 2014. It’s the 10th consecutive year of double-digit sales volume growth for the brewery known for its Milk Stout Nitro.

From the Times Call via Alicia Wallace of the Denver Post


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