Best in Beer 2020 Readers' Choice: Your Favorite Breweries By Size

You voted and we tallied—here are your favorite breweries broken down in categories by beer barrels brewed.

Readers of Craft Beer & Brewing Oct 23, 2020 - 5 min read

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Small Breweries

(fewer than 15,000 barrels per year)

1. Hill Farmstead (Greensboro Bend, Vermont) =
2. Other Half (Brooklyn, New York)
3. WeldWerks (Greeley, Colorado)
4. Jester King (Austin, Texas)
5. Burial (Asheville, North Carolina)
6. Bierstadt Lagerhaus (Denver, Colorado) +
7. Side Project (Maplewood, Missouri)
8. Hop Butcher for the World (Chicago, Illinois)
9. Monkish (Torrance, California) +
10. Tired Hands (Ardmore, Pennsylvania)
11. Dovetail (Chicago, Illinois) +
12. The Veil (Richmond, Virginia) +
13. Vitamin Sea (Weymouth, Massachusetts) +
14. Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium)
15. Anchorage (Anchorage, Alaska) +
16. Alvarado Street (Monterey, California)
17. Suarez Family (Hudson, New York) +
18. Great Notion (Portland, Oregon)
19. Bottle Logic (Anaheim, California)
20. Highland Park (Los Angeles, California) +


Midsize Breweries

(15,000–100,000 barrels per year)

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1. Russian River (Santa Rosa, California) =
2. Tree House (Charlton, Massachusetts) =
3. Allagash (Portland, Maine) =
4. Toppling Goliath (Decorah, Iowa)
5. Modern Times (San Diego, California)
6. Trillium (Canton, Massachusetts)
7. Three Floyds (Munster, Indiana)
8. The Alchemist (Stowe, Vermont)
9. Fremont (Seattle, Washington)
10. Revolution (Chicago, Illinois)
11. Half Acre (Chicago, Illinois)
12. pFriem (Hood River, Oregon) +
13. Surly (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
14. Jack’s Abby (Framingham, Massachusetts) +
15. Fat Head’s (Middleburg Heights, Ohio)
16. Prairie Artisan Ales (Krebs, Oklahoma)
17. Lawson’s Finest (Warren, Vermont)
18. The Lost Abbey/Port (San Marcos, California) +
19. Creature Comforts (Athens, Georgia) +
20. Fort George (Astoria, Oregon) +


Large Breweries

(100,000–500,000 barrels per year)

1. Bell’s (Kalamazoo, Michigan) =
2. Stone (Escondido, California)
3. Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, California)
4. Deschutes (Bend, Oregon)
5. Cigar City (Tampa, Florida)
6. Tröegs (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
7. Odell (Fort Collins, Colorado)
8. Great Lakes (Cleveland, Ohio)
9. New Glaru (New Glarus, Wisconsin)
10. Oskar Blues (Longmont, Colorado)
11. Boulevard (Kansas City, Missouri)
12. Ballast Point (San Diego, California)
13. Victory (Downingtown, Pennsylvania)
14. Rogue (Newport, Oregon) +
15. BrewDog (Winchester, Ohio) +
16. Southern Tier (Lakewood, New York) +
17. Harpoon (Boston, Massachusetts) =
18. Weinhestephaner (Weihenstephan, Germany) =
19. Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York)
20. SweetWater (Atlanta, Georgia)


Very Large Breweries

(500,000+ barrels per year)

1. Sierra Nevada (Chico, California) =
2. Founders (Grand Rapids, Michigan) =
3. New Belgium (Fort Collins, Colorado) =
4. Lagunitas/Heineken (Petaluma, California)
5. Dogfish Head (Milton, Delaware)
6. Samuel Adams (Boston, Massachusetts)
7. Yuengling (Pottsville, Pennsylvania)
8. Goose Island/ABI (Chicago, Illinois) =
9. Guinness/Diageo (Dublin, Ireland) =
10. Wicked Weed/ABI (Asheville, North Carolina) +


About Our Methodology

Categories are based on barrels of beer brewed in 2019. Ranking correlates with reader votes received. In order to not influence results, we asked readers to type in their own answers to these questions rather than select from a list, and they were allowed to type in as many as five favorites for each category. The Very Large category was shortened based on the number of breweries in the category and the drop in statistical significance of votes cast after tenth place in that category.

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