You may drink exclusively from microbreweries, but rest assured that big breweries are still raking in the cash.

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Only 11 Brewers Produce 90 Percent of American Beer

Staff Writer
Craft beer may be big, but out of 3,400 breweries in the United States, 11 large companies control the majority of beer output

Even though craft breweries are beginning to (collectively) outsell Budweiser for the first time, small beer companies still have a long way to go to catch up with the big breweries.

According to data analysis from Beer Marketer’s Insights, 90 percent of American beer is produced by just 11 companies, even though there are currently more than 3,400 breweries in the United States.

The 11 companies producing almost all of the beer Americans drink, in order of volume produced, are Anheuser-Busch InBev (Budweiser, Beck’s, Goose Island, Shock Top), MillerCoors (Coors, Miller, Blue Moon, Cristal), Constellation Brands (Corona), Heineken USA, Pabst (PBR), Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams, Angry Orchard), North American Breweries (Genesee, Imperial), Diageo North America (Guinness, Red Stripe), Craft Brew Alliance (Widmer Brothers and Redhook), Gambrinus (Shiner, BridgePort), and Duvel Moortgat USA (Ommegang, Firestone Walker).

The craft beer market has risen 17.6 percent since last year, however. According to Market Watch, large beer companies are taking control of the market through mergers and acquisitions of booming craft breweries like Blue Moon and Ommegang. 

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