Brewers Association Releases the Top 50 Brewing Companies by Sales Volume for 2020

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Boulder, Colo. — The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent 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.” 

View and download map of top 50 producing craft brewing companies

A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be presented via online webinar on April 8, 2021. 

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

RankBreweryCityState
1D. G. Yuengling and Son IncPottsvillePA
2Boston Beer CoBoston, MiltonMA, DE
3Sierra Nevada Brewing CoChicoCA
4Duvel MoortgatPaso Robles, Kansas City, CooperstownCA, MO, NY
5GambrinusBerkeley, ShinerCA, TX
6CANarchyLongmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Inglewood, DallasCO, FL, UT, MI, CA, TX
7Bell's Brewery, IncComstockMI
8Artisanal Brewing VenturesDowningtown, Lakewood, BrooklynPA, NY, NY
9Stone BrewingEscondidoCA
10Deschutes BreweryBendOR
11SweetWater Brewing CoAtlantaGA
12New Glarus Brewing CoNew GlarusWI
13Matt Brewing CoUticaNY
14Brooklyn BreweryBrooklynNY
15Harpoon BreweryBostonMA
16Stevens Point BreweryStevens PointWI
17Odell Brewing CoFort CollinsCO
18Minhas Craft BreweryMonroeWI
19Abita Brewing CoCovingtonLA
20Troegs Brewing CoHersheyPA
21Summit Brewing CoSaint PaulMN
22Great Lakes Brewing CompanyClevelandOH
23August Schell Brewing CompanyNew UlmMN
24Three Floyds Brewing CoMunsterIN
25Rhinegeist BreweryCincinnatiOH
26Alaskan Brewing CoJuneauAK
27Gordon Biersch Brewing CoSan JoseCA
28Georgetown Brewing CoSeattleWA
29Allagash Brewing CompanyPortlandME
30Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast PointPleasant Prairie, San DiegoWI, CA
31Long Trail Brewing CoBridgewater CornersVT
32Narragansett Brewing CoPawtucketRI
33Ninkasi Brewing CoEugeneOR
3421st Amendment BreweryBay AreaCA
35Flying Dog BreweryFrederickMD
36Surly Brewing CompanyMinneapolisMN
37Rogue Ales BreweryNewportOR
38Lost Coast BreweryEurekaCA
39Revolution BrewingChicagoIL
40Modern Times BeerSan DiegoCA
41BrewDog Brewing CompanyCanal WinchesterOH
42Saint Arnold Brewing CoHoustonTX
43Toppling Goliath Brewing CoDecorahIA
44Two Roads Brewing CoStratfordCT
45Fremont BrewingSeattleWA
46Shipyard Brewing CoPortlandME
47Left Hand Brewing CompanyLongmontCO
48Creature Comforts Brewing CoAthensGA
49Montauk Brewing CoMontaukNY
50New Holland BrewingHollandMI

Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies

RankCompanyCityState
1Anheuser-Busch Inc (a)St. LouisMO
2MolsonCoors (b)ChicagoIL
3Constellation (c)ChicagoIL
4Heineken USA (d)White PlainsNY
5Pabst Brewing Co (e)Los AngelesCA
6Diageo (f)NorwalkCT
7D. G. Yuengling and Son IncPottsvillePA
8FIFCO USA (g)RochesterNY
9Boston Beer Co (h)Boston, MiltonMA, DE
10Sierra Nevada Brewing CoChicoCA
11New Belgium Brewing Co / Kirin (i)Fort Collins, San FranciscoCO, CA
12Founders Brewing / Mahou San Miguel (j)Grand Rapids, BoulderMI, CO
13Duvel Moortgat (k)Paso Robles, Kansas City, CooperstownCA, MO, NY
14Gambrinus (l)Berkeley, ShinerCA, TX
15CANarchy (m)Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Inglewood, DallasCO, FL, UT, MI, CA, TX
16Bell's Brewery, Inc (n)ComstockMI
17Artisanal Brewing Ventures (o)Downingtown, Lakewood, BrooklynPA, NY, NY
18Stone BrewingEscondidoCA
19Deschutes BreweryBendOR
20SweetWater Brewing CoAtlantaGA
21New Glarus Brewing CoNew GlarusWI
22Matt Brewing Co (p)UticaNY
23Brooklyn BreweryBrooklynNY
24Harpoon BreweryBostonMA
25Stevens Point Brewery (q)Stevens PointWI
26Odell Brewing CoFort CollinsCO
27Minhas Craft Brewery (r)MonroeWI
28Abita Brewing CoCovingtonLA
29Troegs Brewing CoHersheyPA
30Summit Brewing CoSaint PaulMN
31Great Lakes Brewing CoClevelandOH
32August Schell Brewing Co (s)New UlmMN
33Three Floyds Brewing CoMunsterIN
34Rhinegeist BreweryCincinnatiOH
35Alaskan Brewing Co.JuneauAK
36Gordon Biersch Brewing CoSan JoseCA
37Georgetown Brewing CoSeattleWA
38Allagash Brewing CompanyPortlandME
39Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast PointPleasant Prairie, San DiegoWI, CA
40Long Trail Brewing CoBridgewater CornersVT
41Narragansett Brewing CoPawtucketRI
42Ninkasi Brewing CoEugeneOR
4321st Amendment BreweryBay AreaCA
44Flying Dog BreweryFrederickMD
45Surly Brewing CompanyMinneapolisMN
46Rogue Ales BreweryNewportOR
47Lost Coast BreweryEurekaCA
48Anchor Brewing Co / Sapporo USA (t)Tarrytown, San FranciscoNY, CA
49Revolution BrewingChicagoIL
50Modern Times BeerSan DiegoCA

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. 

View a list of brands included under the companies in the overall brewing category

Contact: Jenelle Scott (on behalf of the Brewers Association) jenelle.scott@backbonemedia.net, 970-963-4873 x224


About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 5,400-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference® & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications® is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com® and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association® and the free Brew Guru® mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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