Boulevard still 8th-biggest craft brewer

Yesterday, the Brewers Association released its Top 50 Breweries List based on sales in 2008.

Boulevard ranks as the 16th-largest brewery in the country. When compared to only fellow craft brewers, it rises to number 8, which is where the company ranked last year. Once again Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewer and Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) is the largest craft brewer.

To qualify as a craft brewer, the brewer must be “small, independent, and

traditional.” That means it can’t produce more than 2 million barrels, it can’t be more than 25 percent-owned by a non-craft brewer, and it must have an “all malt

flagship … or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt

beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten

flavor.”

The Brewers Association also published statistics on which states have the most breweries per capita.

Kansas ranks 19th with 17 breweries — one for every

164,831 residents. Missouri ranks right in the middle at number 25,

with its 29 breweries equaling one for every 203,848 residents.

Boulevard has increased its standing at RateBeer.com, truly a beer geek’s paradise that rates everything from individual beers to breweries. As this trade article notes, the company’s Smokestack Series has “helped push it closer to the top 50 breweries as ranked on RateBeer.” The company now stands as the 21st most-rated brewer on the site, ahead of Goose Island and MillerCoors.

With several more highly acclaimed beers scheduled to be released soon, expect Boulevard’s ranking to rise even higher.

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