Schell’s, Summit Ranked Among Top-Selling Craft Brewers
Two Minnesota breweries landed among the top 50 in craft beer sales in the U.S. last year.
New Ulm-based August Schell placed 27th and St. Paul-based Summit ranked 29th on the list put together by Brewers Association, a trade group based out of Boulder, Colorado.
The ranking did not provide sales volume data to compare breweries. However, a spokesperson for August Schell said its production is “around 138,000 barrels,” while Mark Stutrud, founder of Summit and member of TCB’s Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, said the company produced 132,870 barrels.
To be considered a craft brewery, the Brewers Association requires each brewery be “small, independent and traditional”—otherwise defined as an operation producing 6 million barrels of beer or less annually.
Topping the craft breweries list were D. G. Yuengling and Son (Pottsville, Pennsylvania), Boston Beer Company (Boston), and Sierra Nevada (Chico, California).
The full list of top-selling craft breweries—as well as the ranking of overall brewing companies—can be viewed here.