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A Tie for the Title of Largest American-Owned Brewer
CNBC.com | February 23, 2012 | 12:10 PM EST

D.G. Yuengling & Son made headlines in January when it was announced it had passed Boston Beer Company as the largest American-owned brewery. The buzz centered on estimates from trade publication Beer Marketer’s Insights which pegged Yuengling shipments at 2.5 million barrels in 2010 to Boston Beer’s 2.4 million.

At the time, Beer Marketer's Insights emphasized their numbers were just estimates and that the publicly traded Boston Beer had yet to report. Privately owned Yuengling does not report its financials.

Yesterday, Boston Beer, the maker of Sam Adams, released its fourth-quarter results and as it turns out, it's a tie at the top! Boston Beer also came in at 2.5 million barrels, an increase of 9 percent over 2010.

Yuengling, which already bills itself as “America’s oldest brewery,” will now have to share the title of “largest American brewer,” but it might just be a question of how long it takes until it claims the top spot for itself.

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