The Brewers Association, which represents small and independent U.S. craft brewers, this week released its Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies list. The company at the top of the list is a well-known Pennsylvania operation while the top Wisconsin company was Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe.
The United States' craft brewing industry continues to log consistent growth, even after milestone numbers in 2015. The industry in 2016 hit a record high of 4,656 breweries in operation in the United States, an increase of 917 breweries over the same time period of the previous year, according to the Brewers Association's mid-year metrics from 2016.
There were about 2,200 breweries in planning in 2016. Craft brewers employ more than 121,800 full-time and part-time workers, according to the association.
The Philadelphia Business Journal, a sibling publication of the Milwaukee Business Journal, has a much broader analysis of the report.