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Four North Coast craft brewers among 50 largest in U.S.

  • 4/11/2012: C6:
    PC: Patrick Sharyon stacks boxes of Lagunitas Brewing Co. IPA at the Petaluma facility, April 10, 2012.

Four North Coast breweries rank among the 50 largest craft brewers in the United States, according to a list published Thursday by an industry trade group.

Lagunitas Brewing Co., the fast-growing Petaluma company, became the sixth-largest craft brewer in the nation last year, the Brewers Association reported Thursday. It was the ninth-largest craft brewer in the U.S. in 2011.

Eleven of the 50 breweries are located in California. Bear Republic Brewing Co. in Healdsburg moved up one spot to 34th place; Lost Coast Brewery in Eureka dropped two spots to 38; and North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg dropped four spots to 42.

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. in Boonville, which was tied for 50th place in 2011, dropped off the list last year.

The rankings were based on overall beer production, but the Brewers Association did not release the figures used to calculate the list.

The largest craft brewer nationally remained Boston Beer Co., brewer of the Sam Adams line. Second place remained Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., based in Chico.


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