Brewers Association Unveils Top 50 Craft Breweries List for 2020
(Boulder, CO) — The Brewers AssociationOpens in new window—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent Opens in new window American brewers—today released its annual list of the top 50 producing craft brewing companies and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 40 were small and independent craft brewing companies.1
“The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed where Americans purchased alcohol in 2020. Breweries who had established packaging and distribution capacity were best positioned to take advantage of the boom in off-premise sales and weather market uncertainty,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “These businesses also saw variation in performance based on geography and business model, with different parts of the country seeing very different beer trends, and draught-heavy breweries suffering.”
The Brewers Association’s full 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 in May 2021.
Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies
Top 50 Overall 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 and independent brewer. Small: annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer. Brewer: has a TTB brewer’s notice and makes beer.
Companies are ranked in order of volume produced or sold in the US (including imports, when known).
Footnotes are illustrative and may not be exhaustive — ownership stakes reflect greater than 25% ownership.
Volumes reflected are of beer brands only and do not include flavored malt beverages or hard seltzers. Consequently, Mark Anthony Brands, owner of White Claw and Mike’s Hard Lemonade as well as 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 brands, and Ziegenbock brands, as well as other brand families and imported brands;
- (b) MolsonCoors includes A.C. 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 domestic brands Four Corners, Funky Buddha, and Tocayo Brands; it also includes imported brands Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, and Victoria;
- (d) Heineken USA includes domestic brand Lagunitas Brewing Co., as well as imported brands Dos Equis, Heineken, and Tecate;
- (e) Pabst Brewing Co. includes 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 Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, MacTarnahan’s, Magic Hat, Portland, and Pyramid brands, as well as import volume;
- (h) Boston Beer Co. includes 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 Magnolia brands;
- (j) Founders/Mahou San Miguel includes Avery brands;
- (k) Duvel Moortgat includes Firestone Walker and the Duvel Moortgat USA brands of Boulevard and Ommegang;
- (l) Gambrinus includes Shiner and Trumer brands;
- (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 Bell’s and Upper Hand brands;
- (o) Artisanal Brewing Ventures includes Sixpoint, Southern Tier, and Victory brands;
- (p) Matt Brewing Co. includes Flying Bison, Saranac, and Utica Club brands;
- (q) Stevens Point Brewery includes James Page and Point brands;
- (r) Minhas Craft Brewery includes Huber, Mountain Crest, and Rhinelander brands, as well as export volume;
- (s) August Schell Brewing Co. includes Grain Belt and Schell’s brands;
- (t) Anchor Brewing/Sapporo USA includes export volume and Sleeman brands.
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