Stopping at your native liquor retailer to choose up a six-pack of craft beer may be overwhelming. With so many sorts that includes attention-grabbing names and look-at-me labels, you would possibly wish to hand over and seize a six-pack of the standard. However if you need assist discovering what’s good, the Brewers Affiliation simply launched its 2020 Top 50 U.S. craft brewing companies and we’re spotlighting the highest 10.
The Brewers Association, a non-for-profit commerce group representing 5,400+ U.S. breweries, primarily based their listing on beer gross sales quantity. To be thought-about a craft brewer by the affiliation, breweries may be small and impartial. Small means an annual manufacturing of much less that 6 million barrels of beer and impartial means not more than 25 % of the brewer is owned or managed by an alcoholic beverage trade member. Meaning no Anheuser-Busch behind the scenes, pulling on the strings.
Due to COVID-19, 2020 was a unstable yr for craft breweries. Draft-heavy breweries had a troublesome time with many bars and taprooms closed, whereas brewers with robust packing and distribution techniques stepped ahead to fill a necessity for beer.
“The COVID-19 pandemic drastically modified the place People bought alcohol in 2020,” mentioned Bart Watson, the Brewers Affiliation’s chief economist.
Based mostly on the Brewers Affiliation listing, listed below are the highest 10 hottest craft brewing corporations in America. Subsequent time you’re on the retailer or at a bar, go forward and check out one among their beers. In any case, craft beer drinkers know what they like—the numbers don’t lie.
High 10 Craft Brewing Corporations within the U.S.
10. Deschutes Brewery
What began as a small brewpub that made 310 barrels of beer in 1988 now sells greater than 225,000 barrels yearly. The Bend, Oregon, brewer is understood for its signature darkish Black Butte Porter, regardless that it’s now outsold by Contemporary Squeezed IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
9. Stone Brewing
Working since 1996, Stone has brewing amenities in Escondido, California, and Richmond, Virginia. A strong distribution system means its line of beers is accessible in all 50 states and greater than 40 nations. Pioneers of the West Coast IPA, the brewery is understood for the tropical, piney flavors of its Stone IPA.
8. Artisanal Brewing Ventures
Artisanal Brewing Ventures is an umbrella firm for like-minded breweries that embody Lakewood, NY’s Southern Tier, Downingtown, PA’s Victory. and Brooklyn’s Sixpoint. Southern Tier’s 2XIPA has a doughy sweetness that mixes with flavors of bitter lemon and grapefruit.
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Based in 1985 by Larry Bell, this family-owned brewery operates out of Comstock and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Its Two Hearted Ale was rated No.1 by the American Homebrewers Affiliation from 2017 to 2019. The corporate additionally owns Higher Hand Brewery within the Higher Peninsula metropolis of Escanaba.
CANarchy is a craft-brewing collective of seven distinct manufacturers: Oskar Blues, Cigar Metropolis, Wasatch, Squatters, Perrin, Deep Ellum, and Three Weavers. The collective has Eight manufacturing areas, greater than a thousand workers, and shipped 480,000 barrels in 2019. Oskar Blues was one of many first craft breweries to can its beers in 2002, beginning with Dale’s Pale Ale.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Gambrinus represents each Shiner Beers in Shiner, Texas, and Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, California. Shiner Bock was first brewed in 1913 and remains to be (like each Shiner beer) brewed on the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Opened in 2004, Trumer is a sister brewery to Austria’s Trumer Brauerei.
4. Duvel Moortgat
Whereas the title Duvel would possibly conjure up Belgian blonde ales, it additionally oversees California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Firm, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Firm, and Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang. The beer listing consists of Firestone Walker’s Double Barrel Ale, Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat Beer, and Ommegang’s Abbey Ale.
3. Sierra Nevada
In November 1980, Ken Grossman took his first crack at brewing pale ale in Chico, California. Ten batches later, he discovered the recipe that will turn out to be the enduring Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Since then, Sierra Nevada has added Torpedo Additional IPA and Hazy Little Factor IPA to its year-round choices.
2. Boston Beer Co.
When you could acknowledge Samuel Adams and its flagship Boston Lager, Boston Beer Co. additionally represents Dogfish Head, Coney Island, Angel Metropolis, and Havana breweries. Based in 1984 by Jim Koch, Boston Lager was primarily based on a recipe from his great-great grandfather.
1. D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc
The oldest working brewery in America can also be its hottest craft one. Based in 1829 by German immigrant David G. Yuengling, the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, brewery simply celebrated its 190th anniversary. Identified for its Conventional Lager and Porter, Yuengling has expanded its vary recently with Raging Eagle Mango Beer and Hershey’s Chocolate Porter.
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