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9. Boston Beer Co.

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Boston Beer Co.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: 1984

After the purchase of Anheuser-Busch, the Boston Beer Co, producer of the Samuel Adams brand, became the largest American owned brewery. The Sam Adams brand grew even more over the last decade. Adding eight beers to its steady repertoire of year round brews, Sam Adams also expanded its range of seasonal and specialty beers, including its Octoberfest, a well balanced Marzen that won a gold medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival.

While Anheuser-Busch In-Bev released a series of bland craft-style beers as if it were dragging its feet, Sam Adams takes risks with its beers with a sort of proud craftsmanship. It started the decade off with the Extreme beer series, a playfully powerful selection of beers that, in one case, the Millenium, reached up to 40 proof. In 2009 alone, the company put out both the Imperial and Barrel Room collection of beers.

The company is also notably generous to the craft brewing industry, supporting homebrewers by hosting an annual competition where the winner’s beer is mass-produced and sold nationwide. The company earned also earned a large amount of goodwill when, in 2008, they shared 20,000 pounds of hops with smaller American brewers when global hops supplies came up short.

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