The Top 50. The top-producing craft brewers in the USA



This is not a list of the best breweries in 2021. This list is based on production volume and not popularity. It includes only those breweries that qualify as craft brewers according to the definition provided by the Brewers Association. Each year, about this time of year, the Brewers Association releases this list as part of its industry analysis of the previous year.

A few things to note about the list this year, and especially about how it compares to the previous year.

  • To begin with, it seems that some of the movement on the list is related to the return of on-premise sales. This includes companies that fell off the list. As I recently reported, the resurgence of on-premise sales was a big deal in 2021. That said, as always, there are all sorts of forces at work that move breweries up and down, on and off this list.
  • There was little movement or change among the top 10. There is nothing surprising or interesting at the top of the list.
  • Athletic Brewing, which produces non-alcoholic beer, debuted on the list this year. Surprisingly, it ranked 27th. This probably means that I need to pay more attention to the NA segment. Someone is drinking all that NA beer.
  • Kona Brewing found its way onto the list this year and ranks 29th. It’s boring to talk about, and even more boring to write about, but government regulators required Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) to sell Kona Brewing when Anheuser-Busch bought complete control of CBA. Blah, blah, blah. Kona is now owned by PV Brewing Partners (since September 2020) and qualifies as a craft brewer. The company just recently opened a new 30,000 square-foot brewing and canning facility in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I really don’t know where Kona Brewing produced all the beer that got it onto the 2021 list.
  • Gordon Biersch was a big mover in 2021, moving up to 15th from 27th. I honestly don’t know why. Perhaps the jump is because it brews a lot of beer for Costco (Kirkland beers)? I don’t know.
  • Georgetown Brewing is the only brewer in Washington state to make the list. It moved up to 25th from its previous spot at 28th.
  • Fremont Brewing fell off the list in 2021. The previous year Fremont ranked 45th. Again, I’d guess this has to do with the return of on-premise sales. I’d guess Fremont sold a lot of canned beer when we were all masked up and unable to go out to the pub for a beer. PLEASE do not take this as a sign of anything! Fremont Brewing is doing just fine, thank you. For all I know, they’re ranked 51st.

2021 – Top 50 Craft Beer Producers in the USA

  1. D. G. Yuengling & Son, Inc, Pottsville, PA
  2. Boston Beer Co, Boston, MA / Milton, DE
  3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, Chico, CA
  4. Duvel Moortgat, Paso Robles, CA & Kansas City, MO / Cooperstown, NY
  5. Gambrinus, Shiner, TX / Berkeley, CA
  6. Bell’s Brewery, Inc, Comstock, MI
  7. CANarchy, multiple locations across the country
  8. Artisanal Brewing Ventures, multiple locations across the country
  9. Stone Brewing Co, Escondido, CA
  10. SweetWater Brewing Co, Atlanta, GA
  11. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR
  12. New Glarus Brewing Co, New Glarus, WI
  13. Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
  14. Matt Brewing Co, Utica, NY
  15. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co, San Jose, CA
  16. Abita Brewing Co, Covington, LA
  17. Minhas Craft Brewery, Monroe, WI
  18. Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
  19. Great Lakes Brewing Co, Cleveland, OH
  20. Odell Brewing Co, Fort Collins, CO
  21. Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA
  22. Summit Brewing Co, St. Paul, MN
  23. Allagash Brewing Co, Portland, ME
  24. Troëgs Brewing Co, Hershey, PA
  25. Georgetown Brewing Co, Seattle, WA
  26. Three Floyds Brewing Co, Munster, IN
  27. Athletic Brewing Co, Stratford, CT
  28. Rhinegeist Brewery, Cincinnati, OH
  29. Kona Brewing Co, Kailua-Kona, HI
  30. August Schell Brewing Co, New Ulm, MN
  31. Alaskan Brewing Co, Juneau, AK
  32. Narragansett Brewing Co, Pawtucket, RI
  33. Rogue Ales Brewery, Newport, OR
  34. Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast Point, San Diego, CA
  35. Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, MD
  36. Long Trail Brewing Co, Bridgewater Corners, VT
  37. Lost Coast Brewery, Eureka, CA
  38. Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
  39. Surly Brewing Co, Minneapolis, MN
  40. Ninkasi Brewing Co, Eugene, OR
  41. Creature Comforts Brewing Co, Athens, GA
  42. 21st Amendment Brewery, Bay Area, CA
  43. Maui Brewing Co, Kihei, HI
  44. Saint Arnold Brewing Co, Houston, TX
  45. Scofflaw Brewing Co, Atlanta, GA
  46. Shipyard Brewing Co, Portland, ME
  47. Left Hand Brewing Co, Longmont, CO
  48. Modern Times Beer, San Diego, CA
  49. Fiddlehead Brewing, Shelburne, VT
  50. North Coast Brewing Co Inc, Fort Bragg, CA


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2020 Top 50 Craft Beer Producers in the USA

Below I provide the 2020 top 50 list for your consideration. I didn’t publish it last year.

  1. D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc
  2. Boston Beer Co
  3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  4. Duvel Moortgat
  5. Gambrinus
  6. CANarchy
  7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc
  8. Artisanal Brewing Ventures
  9. Stone Brewing
  10. Deschutes Brewery
  11. SweetWater Brewing Co
  12. New Glarus Brewing Co
  13. Matt Brewing Co
  14. Brooklyn Brewery
  15. Harpoon Brewery
  16. Stevens Point Brewery
  17. Odell Brewing Co
  18. Minhas Craft Brewery
  19. Abita Brewing Co
  20. Troegs Brewing Co
  21. Summit Brewing Co
  22. Great Lakes Brewing Company
  23. August Schell Brewing Company
  24. Three Floyds Brewing Co
  25. Rhinegeist Brewery
  26. Alaskan Brewing Co
  27. Gordon Biersch Brewing Co
  28. Georgetown Brewing Co
  29. Allagash Brewing Company
  30. Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast Point
  31. Long Trail Brewing Co
  32. Narragansett Brewing Co
  33. Ninkasi Brewing Co
  34. 21st Amendment Brewery
  35. Flying Dog Brewery
  36. Surly Brewing Company
  37. Rogue Ales Brewery
  38. Lost Coast Brewery
  39. Revolution Brewing
  40. Modern Times Beer
  41. BrewDog Brewing Company
  42. Saint Arnold Brewing Co
  43. Toppling Goliath Brewing Co
  44. Two Roads Brewing Co
  45. Fremont Brewing
  46. Shipyard Brewing Co
  47. Left Hand Brewing Company
  48. Creature Comforts Brewing Co
  49. Montauk Brewing Co
  50. New Holland Brewing


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