By Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal

BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Beer Company has held the distinction of being the largest U.S.-owned brewer since 1998, after Anheuser-Busch was acquired.

Now, Boston Beer is tied with Pennsylvania-based D.G. Yuengling & Son as the largest American-owned brewer.

Both companies shipped about 2.5 million barrels last year.

Back in January, Yuengling had actually announced they were larger than Sam Adams after a trade publication estimated that the company ships more beer than Boston Beer.

But this week Boston Beer released their earnings and the 2.5 million number, proving them wrong – they are tied for largest American brewer.

Boston Beer is also planning to complete the national rollout of two of its non-beer brands Twisted Tea and one of its hard cider brands.

Boston Beer told the Boston Herald that the growth rate of  Twisted Tea has out-paced beer at the company, using proceeds from those sales for innovations at the company.

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Comments (6)
  1. Dave_D says:

    I like ’em both.

  2. bob says:

    wish they sold yuengling around here

  3. An old timer in Mass. says:

    Yuengling is much older goes back to 1829. None closer then about 100 milrs in New York state

  4. Rick says:

    Sam Adams is like making love in a canoe…….It’s f…n near water!
    Yuengling Lager Rocks

  5. ED says:

    Someone should find out from Beacon Hill
    Why we cannot purchase it in
    the Boston area.Yuengling is excellent.