(Boulder, CO) – The Brewers AssociationOpens in a new window—the non-profit professional association dedicated to small and independent Opens in a new window US Brewers — today released its annual list of the top 50 producing craft breweries and all breweries in the United States, based on beer sales volume. Of the 50 largest breweries, 40 were small independent craft breweries.1
“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed where Americans purchased alcohol in 2020. Breweries that had established packaging and distribution capacity were best positioned to take advantage of the boom in offsite sales and weather market uncertainty,” said Bart Watson, Chief Economist, Brewers Association. “These companies have also seen their performance vary by geography and business model, with different parts of the country experiencing very different beer trends and high-pressure breweries suffering.”
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The Brewers Association’s comprehensive 2020 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The new brewer®, available May 2021.
Top 50 craft breweries
Top 50 Global Brewing Companies
1 Figure based on companies that met the craft brewer definition for all or part of 2020. An American craft brewer is a small independent brewer. Small: annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (about 3% of annual sales in the United States). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternate ownership. Independent: less than 25% of the craft brewer is owned or controlled (or an equivalent economic interest) by a member of the beverage alcohol industry who is not themselves a craft brewer. Brewer: Has a TTB brewer rating and produces beer.
Companies are ranked in order of volume produced or sold in the United States (including imports, when known).
Footnotes are illustrative and may not be exhaustive – ownership interests reflect greater than 25% ownership.
Volumes reflected are for beer brands only and do not include flavored malt beverages or hard seltzer. Therefore, Mark Anthony Brands, owner of White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade and other brand families, does not appear in these rankings.
- (a) Anheuser-Busch, Inc includes 10 Barrel, Bass, Beck’s, Blue Point, Bud Light, Budweiser, Breckenridge, Busch, Craft Brew Alliance, Devils Backbone, Elysian, Four Peaks, Golden Road, Goose Island, Karbach, King Cobra , Landshark, Michelob, Natural, Platform, Rolling Rock, Shock Top, Veza Sur, Wicked Weed, Wild Series and Ziegenbock, as well as other brand families and imported brands;
- (b) MolsonCoors includes AC Golden, Atwater, Batch 19, Blue Moon, Colorado Native, Coors, Hamms, Hop Valley, Icehouse, Keystone, Killian’s, Leinenkugel’s, Mickey’s, Milwaukee’s Best, Miller, Olde English, Revolver, Saint Archer, Steel Reserve, Tenth & Blake and Terrapin brands, as well as other brand families and imported brands;
- (c) Constellation Brewing Co. includes national brands Four Corners, Funky Buddha and Tocayo Brands; it also includes imported brands Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria;
- (d) Heineken USA includes the domestic brand Lagunitas Brewing Co., as well as the imported brands Dos Equis, Heineken and Tecate;
- (e) Pabst Brewing Co. includes the Ballantine, Lone Star, National Bohemian, Pabst, Pearl, Primo, Rainier, Schlitz, Small Town and Stroh’s brands, as well as other brand families;
- f) Diageo Brewing Co. includes both domestically produced and imported Guinness brands;
- (g) FIFCO USA includes the Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, MacTarnahan’s, Magic Hat, Portland and Pyramid brands, as well as import volume;
- (h) Boston Beer Co. includes the Alchemy & Science, Angel City, Concrete Beach, Coney Island, Dogfish Head and Sam Adams brands. Does not include Truly, Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard brands;
- (i) New Belgium/Kirin includes the Magnolia marks;
- (j) Founders/Mahou San Miguel includes the Avery brands;
- (k) Duvel Moortgat includes Firestone Walker and the Duvel Moortgat USA Boulevard and Ommegang brands;
- (l) Gambrinus includes the brands Shiner and Trumer;
- (m) CANarchy includes Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Oskar Blues Brewing Co., Perrin, Three Weavers and Utah Brewers Cooperative brands;
- (n) Bell’s Brewery, Inc. includes the brands Bell’s and Upper Hand;
- (o) Artisanal Brewing Ventures includes the Sixpoint, Southern Tier and Victory brands;
- (p) Matt Brewing Co. includes the Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands;
- (q) Stevens Point Brewery includes the James Page and Point brands;
- (r) Minhas Craft Brewery includes Huber, Mountain Crest and Rhinelander brands and export volume;
- (s) August Schell Brewing Co. includes the Grain Belt and Schell’s brands;
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