The best American brewers in 2021 – data


Earlier this week, US trade organization The Brewers Association released its latest annual brewing figures, showing the country’s largest brewers and craft brewers by volume. Here is the list of the top 50 brewers.

Once again, Anheuser-Busch was the country’s largest brewer last year, ahead of Molson Coors Beverage Co, Constellation Brands and Heineken’s US division. The St. Louis-headquartered giant recently announced a US$50 million expansion program at its brewery in the city. The investment is part of a larger US$1 billion operating program in the United States for the Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned unit, which was announced last year.

Three of the top ten brewers qualify as craft brewers according to the definition established by the Brewers Association: DG Yuengling & Son, The Boston Beer Co and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The BA defines a craft brewer as one that produces 7 million hectoliters or less per year. and is not more than 25% owned or controlled by a beverage alcohol company that is not itself a craft brewer.

Also in the top ten are Diageo, Pabst Brewing Co and FIFCO USA.

For the BA’s Top 50 American Craft Brewers in 2021, click here.


(a) Anheuser-Busch 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 and Wild Series and Ziegenbock brands, as well as other brand families and imported brands

(b) Molson Coors Beverage Co includes AC 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 Brands includes domestic brands Four Corners, Funky Buddha and Tocayo, as well as imported brands Corona, Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria

(d) Heineken USA includes the domestic brand Lagunitas Brewing Co as well as the imported brands Dos Equis, Heineken and Tecate

(e) Pabst Brewing Co includes the Ballantine, Lone Star, National Bohemian, Pabst, Pearl, Primo, Rainier, Schlitz, Small Town and Stroh’s brands and other brand families

(f) Diageo includes both domestically produced and imported Guinness brands

(g) FIFCO USA includes Dundee, Genesee, Labatt Lime, Mactarnahan’s, Magic Hat, Portland and Pyramid brands and import volumes

(h) The Boston Beer Co includes the Alchemy & Science, Angel City, Concrete Beach, Coney Island Dogfish Head and Sam Adams brands. Does not include volume from Truly, Twisted Tea or Angry Orchard brands

(i) New Belgium Brewing Co, which is owned by Kirin, includes Magnolia Brewing Brands; From 2022, the volumes of New Belgium will be combined with those of Bell

(j) Duvel Moortgat includes Firestone Walker and the Duvel Moortgat USA Boulevard and Ommegang brands

(k) Also includes volumes from Avery Brewing, which is also owned by Mahou San Miguel and Founders

(l) Gambrinus includes the brands Shiner and Trumer

(m) Bell’s Brewery includes the brands Bell’s and Upper Hand; Bell’s has been acquired by New Belgium and will be included in their volumes going forward

(n) CANarchy was acquired by Monster Beverage Corp in 2021. Volumes include Cigar City, Deep Ellum, Oskar Blues Brewing Co, Perrin and Utah Brewers Cooperative brands

(o) Artisanal Brewing Ventures includes the Sixpoint, Southern Tier and Victory brands

(p) Sweetwater is owned by Tilray, which has also acquired Green Flash Brewing and Alpine Beer Co. Their volumes will be included in Sweetwater going forward

(q) Matt Brewing Co includes the Flying Bison, Saranac and Utica Club brands

(r) Stevens Point Brewery includes the brands James Page and Point

(s) Minhas Craft Brewery includes Huber, Mountain Crest and Rhinelander brands as well as export volumes

(u) Sapporo USA includes Anchor Brewing Co, Sapporo and Sleeman brands as well as export volumes

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