Craft Beer Definition and Industry

New Belgium is the fourth largest craft brewery as defined by the Brewers Association. An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.

Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition.  

Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer.

Traditional:A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

New Belgium Brewing

Small: New Belgium currently sells beer in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and British Columbia. We also sell in Canada, Sweden, Norway, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. In 2016, New Belgium Brewing sold 957,968 barrels of beer. We brew beer in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Asheville, North Carolina.

Independent: New Belgium Brewing is 100% employee-owned. Our 800 coworkers (give or take a few) make or help make our beer, work on getting the right beer where it needs to be, sell, market, and support the entire company at our two breweries.

Rankings of craft brewers

New Belgium Brewing is the fourth-largest brewer of craft beer in the nation and the eighth-largest brewery in the United States.