Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing continues to be one of the nation’s Top 50 craft brewers; company that owns Squatters and Wasatch is 8th

Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune The newly remodeled Uinta Brewing Company, Tuesday, September 1, 2015.

Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune Bottles of HooDoo Golden Ale travel down Uinta Brewing's facility packaging line, Thursday, July 20, 2017. It's one of several 3.2 beers Uinta makes for the Utah market.

Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Co. has once again made the list of the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies in the country.

Uinta is 42nd based on its annual sales volume, according to the 2018 ranking, released Tuesday by the national Brewers Association, the trade group that represents small and independent craft brewers.

While Uinta’s placement represents a drop of five spots from 2017, the Salt Lake City brewery has made the list every year since 2012. Founded in 1993, Uinta is known for its Cutthroat Pale Ale, 801 Pilsner and Hop Nosh IPA.

Coming in eighth on the Top 50 list is CANarchy, the national collective that owns Salt Lake City’s Squatters and Wasatch breweries. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Co. and Cigar City Brewing.

Squatters Hop Rising Double IPA is one of the top sellers in Utah’s state-run liquor stores, bringing in more than $1.78 million in 2018.

The number of craft brewers is increasing in the U.S. and Utah, making it difficult to maintain a spot on the Top 50 list, explained Bart Watson, chief economist with the Brewers Association.

“Although the market has grown more competitive, particularly for regional craft breweries with the widest distribution," he said in a news release, “these 50 small and independent brewing companies continue to lead the craft brewing market in sales through strong brands, quality and innovation.”

(Courtesy graphic) The national Brewers Association has released its 2018 Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies.