Craft Beer Industry

New Belgium is the third 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 who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.


New Belgium currently sells beer in 36 states, the District of Columbia and British Columbia. Our recent states have been Ohio in mid-December and Alabama (Roll Tide!) in February. The state of Mississippi will launch on March 3. In 2013, New Belgium Brewing produced 792,292 barrels of beer.

All of New Belgium’s beer is brewed in Fort Collins, Colorado, although in 2012 we announced plans to build a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.


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

New Belgium Brewing produced 764,424 barrels of beer in 2012.