personalized beer labelsProving once again that beer is big business, the Brewers Association released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the US, based on sales volume.

Out of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewers—defined as a small, independent and traditional company with an annual production of 6 million barrels or less.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

The top 5 US craft brewing companies are: D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc; Boston Beer Co; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co; New Belgium Brewing Co; and Gambrinus.

The top 5 overall US brewing companies are: Anheuser-Busch, Inc; Miller Coors; Pabst Brewing Co; D.G. Yuengling and Son, Inc; and Boston Beer Co.

The complete top 50 lists can be viewed here, while the association’s craft brewing statistics for 2014 can be found on its website here.