The Brewers Association released its annual list of the biggest craft brewers in the U.S. today (March 31), with Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland slipping one spot from last year to 20th. As with past years, Great Lakes is the only Ohio-based brewery on the list.



Boston Beer Co., which has a Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati, is the No. 1 craft brewer in the nation. The rest of the top five, in order, are: Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Gambrinus and Lagunitus. Lagunitus and Deschutes swapped spots, with Deschutes dropping to sixth and Lagunitus moving up to fifth.



The list of overall brewers -- both craft and non-craft -- remained unchanged, with the top five being: Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst, D.G. Yuengling & Son, and Boston Beer. Among all brewers, Great Lakes ranks 27th and actually climbed one spot. (NOTE: The Brewers Association updated its chart late Monday afternoon after a couple of errors were discovered related to some of last year's rankings. The chart is available below.)



Each year, the association in Boulder, Colo., releases lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies based on beer sales volume.



“In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales,” Bart Watson, staff economist with the Brewers Association, said in a prepared statement. “Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavored and local beers from small and independent craft breweries.”



Great Lakes didn't fall one place on the craft brewer list because it's producing less beer. Earlier this year, the brewery reported that its beer shipments climbed 22 percent to 142,673 barrels last year. The brewery couldn't immediately be reached for comment.



The reason that Great Lakes fell one spot appears to be surges by Paso Robles, Calif.-based Firestone Walker, which rose four spots to 16th, and Atlanta-based SweetWater, which jumped five spots to 19th.



CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc., which controls the Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom brewpubs, took the biggest tumble, dropping seven spots to 39th.



San Diego-based Ballast Point had the biggest increase, climbing 17 spots to 29th.



The association said its full industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2014.



To read the full news release, click here.