Best in Beer Readers’ Choice: Your Favorite Breweries in 2023

You voted, we tallied. From our annual Readers’ Choice survey, here are your favorite breweries—broken down by size, based on how many barrels brewed per year.

Craft Beer & Brewing Staff Nov 9, 2023 - 4 min read

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Thousands of you voted in our annual Readers’ Choice poll, weighing in on your favorite beers, breweries, styles, bars, and more. What follows here are the breweries you said were your favorites, broken down into four different size categories based on production volume.

For all the Readers’ Choice results, be sure to see the print edition of our Best in Beer 2023 issue.


(fewer than 5,000 barrels per year)

1. Green Cheek (Orange, California)
2. Highland Park (Los Angeles)
3. North Park (San Diego)
4. Bierstadt Lagerhaus (Denver)
5. Hill Farmstead (Greensboro Bend, Vermont)
6. Monkish (Torrance, California)
7. Burial (Asheville, North Carolina)
8. Goldfinger (Downers Grove, Illinois)
9. Side Project (Maplewood, Missouri)
10. Cellarmaker (San Francisco)
11. Wayfinder (Portland, Oregon)
12. Riip (Huntington Beach, California)
13. Phase Three (Lake Zurich, Illinois)
14. Cloudburst (Seattle)
15. Jester King (Austin)
16. Fidens (Albany, New York)
17. Pure Project (San Diego)
18. Human Robot (Philadelphia)
19. Notch (Salem, Massachusetts)
20. Von Ebert (Portland, Oregon)


Note: Burial produced 14,000 barrels of beer in 2022, but the BA production data we referenced when classifying breweries for this list had the incorrect number of 4,700 barrels.

Small Regional

(5,000–25,000 barrels per year)

1. Hop Butcher For The World (Chicago)
2. Trillium (Canton, Massachusetts)
3. Alvarado Street (Monterey, California)
4. The Alchemist (Stowe, Vermont)
5. Ghost Town (Oakland, California)
6. Pinthouse (Austin)
7. Schilling (Littleton, New Hampshire)
8. Bottle Logic (Anaheim, California)
9. Live Oak (Austin)
10. WeldWerks (Greeley, Colorado)
11. Bissell Brothers (Portland, Maine)
12. Dovetail (Chicago)
13. Beachwood (Long Beach, California)
14. Humble Sea (Santa Cruz, California)
15. Burgeon (Carlsbad, California)
16. Figueroa Mountain (Buellton, California)
17. Maplewood (Chicago)
18. Parish (Broussard, Louisiana)
19. Great Notion (Portland, Oregon)
20. Jackie O’s (Athens, Ohio)

Midsize Regional

(25,000–100,000 barrels per year)

1. Russian River (Santa Rosa, California)
2. Tree House (Charlton, Massachusetts)
3. Breakside (Portland, Oregon)
4. pFriem (Hood River, Oregon)
5. Other Half (Brooklyn, New York)
6. Maine Beer (Freeport, Maine)
7. Revolution (Chicago)
8. Toppling Goliath (Decorah, Iowa)
9. Fort George (Astoria, Oregon)
10. Half Acre (Chicago)
11. Jack’s Abby (Framingham, Massachusetts)
12. Pizza Port (Carlsbad, California)
13. Fat Head’s (Middleburg Heights, Ohio)
14. Fremont (Seattle)
15. AleSmith (San Diego)
16. Melvin (Alpine, Wyoming)
17. Short’s (Bellaire, Michigan)
18. Creature Comforts (Athens, Georgia)
19. Reuben’s Brews (Seattle)
20. Surly (Minneapolis)


(100,000+ barrels per year)

1. Sierra Nevada (Chico, California)
2. Bell’s (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
3. Allagash (Portland, Maine)
4. Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, California)
5. Founders (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
6. New Glarus (New Glarus, Wisconsin)
7. Stone (Escondido, California)
8. New Belgium (Fort Collins, Colorado)
9. Dogfish Head (Milton, Delaware)
10. Tröegs (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
11. Three Floyds (Munster, Indiana)
12. Odell (Fort Collins, Colorado)
13. Deschutes (Bend, Oregon)
14. Great Lakes (Cleveland)
15. Cigar City (Tampa)
16. Lagunitas (Petaluma, California)
17. Samuel Adams (Boston)
18. Southern Tier (Lakewood, New York)
19. Boulevard (Kansas City, Missouri)
20. Rhinegeist (Cincinnati, Ohio)