I’m not a big fan of Yuengling beer, but I’ll drink it any day of the week over the swill produced by Anheuser Busch, Miller, or Coors. Yuengling is now the largest American owned brewery in the United States.
According to new estimates from Beer Marketer’s Insights, Yuengling surged last year with shipments up 16.9% to 2.5 million barrels, placing it eighth in overall U.S. market share, at 1.2%. That was good enough to nose by Boston, which grew by 8% to 2.4 million barrels, dropping to ninth place. Boston owns the Sam Adams brand.
I’m very happy to see that the top largest American owned breweries are independent. Further down the list, however, there is some room for improvement:
Yuengling’s ranking as the top American-owned brewer comes with some caveats. Pabst Brewing Co., which ranks fifth overall, is U.S.-owned, but outsources its brewing. Sixth-place North American Breweries, which sells brands such as Genesee and Magic Hat, is also U.S.-owned, but a chunk of its volume comes from the imported Labatt brand.
If you haven’t had Yuengling, it’s worth a try, and it’s better for the US economy, too!!!