National Recognition for Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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CLEVELAND — Great Lakes Brewing Company is one of the largest breweries in the country.

The state’s first craft brewer of award-winning lagers and ales is nationally recognized as one of America’s top 50 breweries by The Brewers Association, according to Marissa DeSantis, Communications Assistant with Great Lakes Brewing Company.

The Brewers Association calculated Great Lakes Brewing Company to be the 19th largest craft brewery in the country and the 28th largest overall based on 2012 beer sales.

Great Lakes is the only Ohio brewery represented on the list.

Of the top 50 brewing companies recognized, 29 are small and independent craft breweries. Anheuser-Bush ranks 1st.

Great Lakes Brewing Company producers over 120,000 barrels of handcrafted beer annually and distributes to 13 states and Washington D.C. The owners are planning to expand production.

The company will celebrate its 25th anniversary in September.

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