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The Brewers Association recently released the top three selling craft beers by volume shipped. The world-famous Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams came in first with 1.8 million barrels. Sierra Brewing Company, makers of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, came in second with 662,000 barrels. New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale came in thired with 476,100 barrels.
All three of these companies make some really good beer. I recently toured the Sam Adams brewery in Boston, MA. The company has five breweries across the country and the Boston location is the original, which is now used to modify current recipies as well as create new ones. The Samuel Adams line has won Boston Beer Company countless awards and they brewery tour did not dissapoint. New Belgium's popularity has been increased as Fat Tire has become a popular everyday beer. In addition to making good beer, New Belgium does not sell anything east of the Mississippi River, which has created a large demand for craft beer lovers on the East Coast. Sierra Nevada's flagship beer is one of the better Pale Ale's I have tasted. This beer can be enjoyed by itself or with a nice Mexican dish.