New Belgium is a craft brewery as defined by the Brewers Association. An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.
Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to rules of alternating proprietorships.
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.
Small: New Belgium currently sells beer in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We also sell in Brazil, Finland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. In 2018, New Belgium Brewing sold 844,937 barrels of beer. We brew beer in Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado, Asheville, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California.
Independent: New Belgium Brewing is 100% employee-owned. Our 700+ 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.
New Belgium Brewing is the fourth-largest brewer of craft beer in the nation and the eleventh-largest brewery in the United States.