The Brewers Association announced the nation's Top 50 craft brewing and overall brewing companies for 2008, and Summit made both of them. The St. Paul brewery ranked #17 among craft brewers and #27 in the overall category. The rankings are based on sales volume. Not bad, guys!
Wisconsin's New Glarus Brewing Company was the next closest Midwestern representative on the craft brewing list -- and came in at #32 overall. Michigan-based Bell's ranked #13. In the overall category, Schell came in #25 and Cold Spring #48 (huh?). The Monroe Wis.-based Minhas (huh?x2)was #14.
The association defines "craft brewing companies" as those that are small (producing less than 2 million barrels a year), independent (less than 25 percent owned by industry) and traditional (has an "all malt flagship" or at least 50 percent of its volume in all-malt or beers that use adjuncts to enhance flavor).