New York’s craft breweries ranked among the nation’s top companies for beer sales in 2012, the Brewers Association reported Wednesday.
North American Breweries, the Rochester-based parent company for Genessee Brewing Co., was sixth in the country for all beer sales, ranking after giants like Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and MillerCoors.
Matt’s Brewing in Utica, which produces Saranac beer, and Brooklyn Brewery ranked 15th and 18th overall, respectively, among U.S. breweries.
The small companies ranked higher on the Brewer’s Association list of craft breweries. Matt’s is eighth and Brooklyn Brewery is 11th in the nation for beer sales among craft breweries.
Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing Co. and Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, Chautauqua County, also ranked in the top 50 for sales among craft brewers and overall U.S. brewing companies.
New York has long been known for its wineries, particularly in the Finger Lakes region, but craft breweries and distilleries have grown tremendously in recent years.
He announced several changes at the summit, including a regulatory shift that would allow a winery or brewery to develop multiple products under one state license. Currently, they need several licenses. Additionally, a $1,000-a-year permitting fee for tastings will be lowered to $125.