Stone IPA from North County. Photo courtesy Stone Brewing Co.
Stone IPA from North County. Photo courtesy Stone Brewing Co.

Four San Diego-area breweries are among the top 50 independent beer companies in the United States based on sales volume, according to a list released Tuesday by the Brewers Association.

The Colorado-based Brewers Association noted that 42 were of the 50 independents on its 2014 list are craft brewing companies.

The largest independent brewery in the United States in 2014 was D.G Yuengling and Son Inc. of Pottsville, PA, followed by Boston Beer Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., based in Chico, ranked third and was the top independent in California.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category.”

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.