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Brewer ranks among 'fastest-growing' craft breweries in US

March 28, 2019
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Big Lake Brewing is located in downtown Holland. Photo via fb.com

A West Michigan brewery is growing fast.

Holland-based Big Lake Brewing is ranked one of the 50 “fastest-growing” craft breweries in 2018 by the Brewers Association. It stands at No. 46.

“We’re very excited. We knew we were growing. We just didn’t know how fast,” said Travis Prueter, co-owner, Big Lake Brewing. “We basically more than doubled our production from the year prior.”

Prueter added Big Lake is looking to expand further in 2019, raising its production capacity by another 50 percent.

Breweries that made the 50 “fastest-growing” ranking experienced median growth of 163 percent, with the median size being 1,350 barrels of in-house production in 2018. Breweries in the ranking range from 50 barrels to more than 40,000 and grew from less than 70,000 barrels collectively in 2017 to more than 170,000 barrels in 2018.

“Even as market competition continues to increase, these small and independent breweries and brewpubs demonstrate there are still growth opportunities across a diverse set of regions and business models,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association.

The Brewers Association, based in Boulder, Colorado, is a nonprofit trade association representing over 4,800 small and independent craft breweries across the U.S.

Top 5 “fastest-growing” craft breweries

1. Lake Time Brewery, Clear Lake, Iowa
2. Fins Big Oyster Brewery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
3. Oak Road Brewery, Summerville, South Carolina
4. The Dreamcatcher’s Brewery, Waxhaw, North Carolina
5. Lone Pine Brewing Co., Portland, Maine

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