Stopping over at your local liquor store for six cans of handcrafted beer can be overwhelming. With so many varieties featuring eye-catching names and labels that look at me, you might want to give up and grab a six-pack than usual. But if you wanna get help what is goodAnd The Brewers League just released in 2020 Top 50 Handicraft Manufacturing Companies in the United States We highlight the top ten.
The The Brewers Association, A not-for-profit commercial organization that represents more than 5,400 breweries in the United States, and based its list on beer sales volume. The breweries may be small and independent for the association to consider them a brewery. Small means an annual production of less than 6 million barrels of beer and that means that no more than 25 percent of the brewer is owned or controlled by a member of the alcoholic beverage industry. This means no Anheuser-Busch behind the scenes, pulling the strings.
Due to COVID-19, 2020 has been a volatile year for artisan breweries. Heavy breweries had a hard time as many bars and brew rooms were closed, while breweries with robust filling and dispensing systems moved forward to fill the need for beer.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed drastically as Americans bought alcohol in 2020,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association.
Based on the Brewers Association list, here are the top 10 most popular artisanal brewing companies in America. Next time you’re in the store or at the bar, go ahead and try one of their beers. After all, hand-held beer drinkers know what they like – the numbers don’t lie.
Top 10 U.S. Artisanal Brewing Companies
10. The brewery deschutes
What started as a small factory producing 310 barrels of beer in 1988 now sells more than 225,000 barrels per year. The Bend, Oregon brewery is best known for its signature dark black Pot Porter, although it is now sold by Fresh Squeezed IPA and Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
9. Stone fermentation
Stone has been in operation since 1996, and has brewing facilities in Escondido, California, and Richmond, Virginia. Its robust distribution system means its line of beer is available in all 50 states and over 40 countries. Pioneer of West Coast IPA, the brewery is known for the coniferous tropical flavors of Stone IPA.
8. Artisan brewing projects
Artisanal Brewing Ventures is an umbrella company of like-minded breweries that include Lakewood, NY’s Southern Tier, Downingtown, and PA’s Victory. Six Point Brooklyn. Southern Tier’s 2XIPA is a doughy sweetness blended with the flavors of bitter lemon and grapefruit.
7. Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Founded in 1985 by Larry Bell, this family-owned brewery operates out of Comstock and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Two Hearted Ale was ranked 1st by the American Beer Association from 2017 to 2019. The company also owns the Upper Hand brewery in Escanaba on the Upper Peninsula.
CANarchy is a craft brewing line from seven premium brands: Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Wasatch, Squatters, Perrin, Deep Ellum, and Three Weavers. The group includes 8 manufacturing sites, more than a thousand employees, and shipped 480,000 barrels in 2019. Oscar Blues was one of the first craft breweries to pack beer in 2002, starting with Dale’s Pale Ale.
Gambrinus is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and represents both Shiner Beers in Shiner, Texas, and Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, California. Shiner Bock was first brewed in 1913 and is still (like all Shiner beer) brewed at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. Trumer opened in 2004 and is a sister brewery of the Austrian Trumer Brauerei.
4. Deauville Mortgat
While the Duvel name might conjure up a blonde Belgian beer, it also oversees California’s Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing Company, and Cooperstown’s Brewery Ommegang Company. List of beers include Firestone Walker’s Double Barrel Ale, Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat Beer, and Ommegang’s Abbey Ale.
3. Sierra Nevada
In November 1980, Ken Grossman took his first attempt at brewing faded beer in Chico, California. Ten batches later, he finds the recipe that will become the iconic Sierra Nevada Bali. Since then, Sierra Nevada has added Torpedo Extra IPA and Hazy Little Thing IPA to its year-round offerings.
2. Boston Bear Company
While you might recognize Samuel Adams and the pioneering Boston Lager, Boston Beer Co. It also represents Dogfish Head, Coney Island, Angel City, and Havana Breweries. Founded by Jim Koch in 1984, the Boston Lager was based on a recipe from his great-grandfather.
1. DG Yuengling and Son Inc
The oldest brewery in America is also the most well-known brewery. The brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1829 by German immigrant David J. Jongling, and has just celebrated its 190th anniversary. Known as the traditional Lager and Porter, Yuengling has recently expanded its range with Raging Eagle Mango Beer and Hershey’s Chocolate Porter.
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