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Kegs are stacked up at New Glarus Brewing Co. in 2014.

Three Wisconsin-based beer companies remained in the Brewers Association’s annual listing of the country’s top 50 breweries and there was some movement in their positions.

Minhas Craft Brewery in Monroe slipped to 21st from 14th in 2016 production, while New Glarus Brewing Co. was ranked 25th, up two spots from its 2015 position after producing more than 200,000 barrels of beer that is only sold in Wisconsin. Stevens Point Brewing Co. maintained its ranking at the 32nd spot.

The numbers, based on sales volume, show that Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis and MillerCoors in Chicago ranked first and second respectively, followed by Los Angeles-based Pabst Brewing Co.; D.G. Yuengling and Son in Pottsville, Pennsylvania; and Boston Beer Co. in Boston.

Bart Watson, chief economist for the Brewers Association, a trade and advocacy group for small, independent brewers, said a breakdown of sales volume by brewery would likely be released next month.

Craft beer production continues to grow in the state as 10 more breweries came on line in 2016, bringing the total to 136, said Mark Garthwaite, executive director of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. He estimates there could be nearly 50 more breweries in the construction or planning stages.

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“I would say that’s healthy growth and is consistent with what we would see nationwide,” Garthwaite said.

In the craft beer category, which removes breweries that exceed thresholds for size and independence from large brewers, Minhas slipped to 12th from ninth, New Glarus jumped up four spots to 16th while Stevens Point moved up two positions to 23. Yuengling led the category, followed by Boston Beer; Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, California; New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colorado; and Gambrinus in San Antonio.

New Glarus continued its climb in the rankings after producing more than 219,000 barrels of beer in 2016, a 12 percent increase over 2015 when it produced 193,210 barrels, according to data from the state Department of Revenue.

The growth in production especially stands out when looking at monthly numbers. In June 2016, the company produced 22,848 barrels of beer compared to 16,430 barrels in June 2015. In September 2016, New Glarus — maker of Spotted Cow and Moon Man beers, among others — produced 26,534 barrels compared to 18,126 barrels in September 2015.

“They deserve every bit of accolade they get,” Garthwaite said of New Glarus. “It’s still very impressive that they’ve been able to maintain that growth just in Wisconsin alone. That’s atypical.”

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Brewers Association's top 50 brewing companies for 2016

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 Anheuser-Busch, Inc Saint Louis MO
2 MillerCoors Chicago IL
3 Pabst Brewing Co Los Angeles CA
4 D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc Pottsville PA
5 North American Breweries Rochester NY
6 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
7 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
8 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
9 Lagunitas Brewing Co Petaluma CA
10 Craft Brew Alliance Portland OR
11 Gambrinus San Antonio TX
12 Duvel Moortgat Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
13 Ballast Point Brewing Co San Diego CA
14 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
15 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
16 Founders Brewing Co Grand Rapids MI
17 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
18 Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co Longmont CO
19 Sapporo USA La Crosse WI
20 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
21 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
22 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downington/Lakewood PA/NY
23 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
24 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
25 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
26 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
27 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
28 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
29 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
30 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
31 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
32 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
33 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
33 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
35 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
36 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
37 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
38 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
39 Rogue Ales Newport OR
40 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
41 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
42 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
43 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
44 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
45 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
46 Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
47 Tröegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
48 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
49 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
50 Pittsburgh Brewing Co Pittsburgh PA

Brewers Association's top 50 craft brewing companies of 2016

The Brewers Association's craft brewing ranking removes breweries that exceed thresholds for size and independence from large brewers.

Rank Brewing Company City State
1 D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co Boston MA
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
4 New Belgium Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
5 Gambrinus San Antonio TX
6 Duvel Moortgat Paso Robles/Kansas City/Cooperstown CA/MO/NY
7 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
8 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
9 Stone Brewing Co Escondido CA
10 Oskar Blues Brewing Holding Co Longmont CO
11 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
12 Minhas Craft Brewery Monroe WI
13 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downington/Lakewood PA/NY
14 Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton DE
15 SweetWater Brewing Co Atlanta GA
16 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
17 Matt Brewing Co Utica NY
18 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
19 Alaskan Brewing Juneau AK
20 Abita Brewing Co Abita Springs LA
21 Great Lakes Brewing Co Cleveland OH
22 Anchor Brewing Co San Francisco CA
23 Stevens Point Brewery Stevens Point WI
24 August Schell Brewing Co New Ulm MN
24 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
26 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
27 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
28 Shipyard Brewing Co Portland ME
29 Full Sail Brewing Co Hood River OR
30 Rogue Ales Newport OR
31 21st Amendment Brewery Bay Area CA
32 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
33 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR
34 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
35 Allagash Brewing Co Portland ME
36 Narragansett Brewing Co Providence RI
37 Green Flash Brewing Co San Diego CA
38 Tröegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
39 Uinta Brewing Co Salt Lake City UT
40 Bear Republic Brewing Co Cloverdale CA
41 Karl Strauss Brewing Co San Diego CA
42 Surly Brewing Co Minneapolis MN
43 Sixpoint Brewery Brooklyn NY
44 Left Hand Brewing Co Longmont CO
45 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
46 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
47 North Coast Brewing Co Fort Bragg CA
48 Avery Brewing Co Boulder CO
49 Real Ale Brewing Co Blanco TX
50 BJ’s Brewery Huntington Beach CA