Brewers Association Releases Top 50 Lists for 2021 Beer Sales • thefullpint.com


(Boulder, CO) – This is our absolute favorite time of the year where everyone loses their reading comprehension skills and gets mad that their favorite brewery isn’t in the top 10, 20 or 50. Behold, the top 50 craft breweries and non-craft breweries list by sales volume, reported to The Brewers Association for the 2021 calendar year.

Brewers Association Top 50 Craft Breweries 2021

The Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association representing small and independent1 American craft brewers—today released annual production figures for the U.S. craft brewing industry.2 In 2021, small and independent brewers collectively produced 24.8 million barrels of beer and realized 8% growth3, increasing craft’s overall beer market share by volume to 13.1%, up from 12.2% the previous year.

The overall beer market* grew 1% by volume in 2021. Retail dollar value was estimated at $26.9 billion, representing 26.8% market share and 21% growth over 2020. This growth is stronger than volume primarily due to the channel shift back to on-premise, which has a higher average retail value. Craft brewers provided more than 172,643 direct jobs, a 25% increase from 2020.

“Craft brewer sales rebounded in 2021, lifted by the return of draught and at-the-brewery traffic,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “However, the mixed performance across business models and geographies as well as production levels that still lag 2019 suggest that many breweries remain in recovery mode. Add in continuing supply chain and pricing challenges, and 2022 will be a critical year for many brewers.”

The number of operating craft breweries continued to climb in 2021, reaching an all-time high of 9,118, including 1,886 microbreweries, 3,307 brewpubs, 3,702 taproom breweries, and 223 regional craft breweries. The total operating brewery count was 9,247, up from 9,025 in 2020. Throughout the year, there were 646 new brewery openings and 178 closings. Openings decreased for a second consecutive year, with the continued decline reflecting a more mature market. Ongoing pandemic challenges and rising interest rates were additional factors. The closing rate also declined in 2021, likely helped by a combination of better sales numbers and additional government relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was available to some brewpub and taproom brewers.

“While the boom in breweries of a few years before has certainly slowed, the continued growth in small breweries shows the solid foundation of demand for their businesses and beers,” added Watson.

Top 50 Craft Breweries

1 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc Pottsville PA
2 Boston Beer Co Boston, Milton MA, DE
3 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
4 Duvel Moortgat USA Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown CA, MO, NY
5 Gambrinus Berkeley, Shiner CA, TX
6 Bell’s Brewery, Inc Comstock MI
7 CANarchy Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, TX
8 Artisanal Brewing Ventures Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
9 Stone Brewing 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 Company Cleveland OH
20 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
21 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
22 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
23 Allagash Brewing Company Portland ME
24 Troegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
25 Georgetown Brewing Co Seattle WA
26 Three Floyds Brewing Munster IN
27 Athletic Brewing Company Stratford CT
28 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
29 Kona Brewing Co Kailua-Kona HI
30 August Schell Brewing Company 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 Company 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 Company Longmont CO
48 Modern Times Drinks San Diego CA
49 Fiddlehead Brewing Shelburne VT
50 North Coast Brewing Co Inc Fort Bragg CA

 

Top 50 Breweries Overall

1 Anheuser-Busch Inc (a) St. Louis MO
2 MolsonCoors (b) Chicago IL
3 Constellation (c) Chicago IL
4 Heineken USA (d) White Plains NY
5 Pabst Brewing Co (e) Los Angeles CA
6 Diageo (f) Norwalk CT
7 D. G. Yuengling and Son Inc Pottsville PA
8 FIFCO USA (g) Rochester NY
9 Boston Beer Co (h) Boston, Milton MA, DE
10 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Chico CA
11 New Belgium Brewing Co / Kirin (i) Fort Collins, San Francisco CO, CA
12 Duvel Moortgat USA (j) Paso Robles, Kansas City, Cooperstown CA, MO, NY
13 Founders Brewing / Mahou San Miguel (k) Grand Rapids, Boulder MI, CO
14 Gambrinus (l) Berkeley, Shiner CA, TX
15 Bell’s Brewery, Inc (m) Comstock MI
16 CANarchy (n) Longmont, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Comstock, Dallas CO, FL, UT, MI, TX
17 Artisanal Brewing Ventures (o) Downingtown, Lakewood, Brooklyn PA, NY, NY
18 Stone Brewing Escondido CA
19 SweetWater Brewing Co (p) Atlanta GA
20 Deschutes Brewery Bend OR
21 New Glarus Brewing Co New Glarus WI
22 Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY
23 Matt Brewing Co (q) Utica NY
24 Gordon Biersch Brewing Co San Jose CA
25 Abita Brewing Co Covington LA
26 Minhas Craft Brewery (r) Monroe WI
27 Stevens Point Brewery (s) Stevens Point WI
28 Great Lakes Brewing Company Cleveland OH
29 Odell Brewing Co Fort Collins CO
30 Harpoon Brewery Boston MA
31 Summit Brewing Co Saint Paul MN
32 Allagash Brewing Company Portland ME
33 Troegs Brewing Co Hershey PA
34 Georgetown Brewing Co Seattle WA
35 Three Floyds Brewing (t) Munster IN
36 Athletic Brewing Company Stratford CT
37 Rhinegeist Brewery Cincinnati OH
38 Kona Brewing Co Kailua-Kona HI
39 August Schell Brewing Company (u) New Ulm MN
40 Alaskan Brewing Co Juneau AK
41 Narragansett Brewing Co Pawtucket RI
42 Rogue Ales Brewery Newport OR
43 Kings & Convicts Brewing/Ballast Point San Diego CA
44 Flying Dog Brewery Frederick MD
45 Long Trail Brewing Co Bridgewater Corners VT
46 Lost Coast Brewery Eureka CA
47 Anchor Brewing Co / Sapporo USA (v) Tarrytown, San Francisco NY, CA
48 Revolution Brewing Chicago IL
49 Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis MN
50 Ninkasi Brewing Co Eugene OR

Note: Numbers are preliminary. For additional insights from Bart Watson, visit Insights & Analysis on the Brewers Association website. The full 2021 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2022 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and production by individual breweries.

* Does not include FMBs/FSBs. With those included, total taxed-as-beer products increased 2%.

1 An American craft brewer is a small and independent brewer. Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3% of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Independent: Less than 25% 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.

2 Absolute figures reflect the dynamic craft brewer data set as specified by the craft brewer definition. Growth numbers are presented on a comparable basis. See full methodology.

3 Volume by craft brewers represents total taxable production.

4 Figure based on companies that met the craft brewer definition for all or part of 2021.

Link to Brewers Association Press release with more stats and infographics.

 

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