Today, the Brewers Association, the industry group representing American brewing companies, announced the top 50 craft breweries in America as ranked by beer production for calendar year 2013. Of them, three operate in San Diego County. It’s the same three entities that made it onto the 2012 list.
Stone Brewing Co. remains San Diego County’s largest brewery, sticking to the number 10 spot that it occupied after moving up from 11th place in 2012. That company is in the midst of determining the ideal community to settle in when building an East Coast facility that will significantly increase its production capacity and distribution abilities. Locally, Stone has added a whopping five new venues throughout San Diego since the 2012 list was released, with a full-scale Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Point Loma’s Liberty Station development, miniature Bistros in San Diego International Airport and PETCO Park, a new Stone Brewing Taproom adjacent to PETCO Park, and Stone Company Store – On Kettner next to downtown’s Santa Fe Depot.
Making a dramatic move up from 46 to 29 is Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits. Closing in on the end of construction on its newest and largest brewery in Mira Mesa, the company opened up its combination kitchen, taproom, and beer garden in Little Italy, while installing two brick and mortar presences inside PETCO Park. Coming in at 41 is Karl Strauss Brewing Company, which slid down two spots despite opening a new tasting room at its Pacific Beach production brewery and opening a new brewery-restaurant in Temecula.
The Brewers Association also released its list of top 50 U.S. breweries, including macro-sized operations. Stone and Ballast Point ranked 17 and 38, respectively.