Happy Independence Day!
In celebration of the fireworks, cookouts and national American holiday, how about drinking some American beer?
Note the top 3 beer companies, by volume, in the United States, according to the Brewers Association, are either NOT American-owned or NOT actual brewers:
1. Anheuser-Busch Inc. – owned by Brazilian/Belgian multi-national ABInBev, based in Lueven, Belgium; makers of Budweiser, Stella Artois, Becks, Bass, Corona and hundreds of other brands.
2. MillerCoors – owned by South African Breweries (SABMillerCoors), based in London, U.K.; makers of Miller, Coors, Molson and several dozen brands.
3. Pabst Brewing Co. – L.A. based contract brewer owns no actual breweries, their brands, such as PBR, Old Style, and Schlitz are made primarily by MillerCoors breweries under contract
These three companies control nearly 90% of the American beer market.
Here are the largest American-owned breweries, by volume:
1. D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc. – based in Pottsville, PA, makers of Yuengling Lager
2. Boston Beer Co. – based in Boston, MA, makers of Sam Adams
3. North American Breweries – based in Rochester, NY, makers of Genessee, Magic Hat and others.
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – based in Chico, CA
5. New Belgium Brewing Co. – based in Fort Collins, CO, makers of Fat Tire.
Yuengling and Boston Beer Company are very close in volume, and account for approximately 1% of the U.S. market each. The others are obviously less. In fact, the entire craft brewing industry, numbering nearly 3000 independent American brewers, amount to less than 7% of the U.S. market by volume this past year.
While we love beer from all corners of the globe around here, at least for today, we’ll stick exclusively to a native selection. In turn, we hope your holiday is eventful and safe. Cheers!