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Three San Diego breweries named to top craft breweries list — because of course

Posted: 12:47 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-15 23:14:43Z
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's craft beer scene is known across the country. And it's even more evident when looking at a new ranking from the Brewers Association.

The non-profit trade group that represents small and craft breweries recently released its annual list of top brewers in the U.S., based on beer sales. So of course San Diego got some love.

Stone Brewing Company ranked ninth on the list of top craft breweries , followed by Karl Strauss Brewing Company at 40th and Modern Times Beer at 45th.

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“Although the market has grown more competitive, particularly for regional craft breweries with the widest distribution, these 50 small and independent brewing companies continue to lead the craft brewing market in sales through strong brands, quality, and innovation,” said Bart Watson, chief economist at Brewers Association.

It's not the first recognition of San Diego's long-beloved brew scene. In January, seven breweries were ranked on RateBeer's top 100 brewers in the world list: AleSmith, Port Brewing, Stone, Modern Times, Alpine Beer, Ballast Point, and Mikkeller.

The San Diego region is home to more than 130 brewhouses spanning large and small brewers, according to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. In 2017, San Diego breweries won 14 medals at the Great American Beer Festival, the agency says.